Facing the College Send-off

A moment becomes momentous when kids go to college. We feel it in our bones.

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RISE AND SHINE

I was never a morning person. In fact, the earlier I am expected to rise, the worse my dread of the morning becomes. The summer of 1982 was especially rough. Having just finished high school, I got a job at a collection agency stuffing envelopes every weekday in downtown Chicago.  This meant that I would … Continue reading RISE AND SHINE

Uncertainty

It’s not fair. It was a brutal, challenging winter, and now, it’s a chilly, erratic spring. Today’s warm air left me longing for more.  A warmth infused with sunshine.  I imagine a late morning in July when the birds have quieted down; everything is sun-soaked, and the green lawns and trees are lush.  Remember that … Continue reading Uncertainty

The Mixed Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”  ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray I love a parade, and every March, I can’t help but feel a certain pride in my Irish heritage. It is celebrated everywhere, and if you think about it, there is much to … Continue reading The Mixed Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day

Feeling embattled? Calling all warriors.

“I hate to turn on the news!”       “It’s all bad.”              “I’m off Facebook” “I can’t watch.” You’ve heard it all, and regardless of your political stance, you agree.  The randomness of the catastrophes, the ugliness of the hate, and the stench of blame are disheartening. Most of us are offended by … Continue reading Feeling embattled? Calling all warriors.