True belonging is an instinctual need and is one of life’s sweetest pleasures. Where do you belong? Is it your hometown, your neighborhood, your parish? Did you belong to the popular group in high school? Or perhaps you were on the winning team that one glorious season in childhood? Maybe your sense of belonging came … Continue reading True Belonging or True to Yourself?
It was the first morning in weeks that the humidity had lifted bringing precious breathing space. On the screened porch, still in my pajamas, I stole a moment of the crispness in the air, but that was it. There was too much to get done. After the morning rush and an hour of volunteering, I … Continue reading A Weekday Lesson
Independence has energy and promise. It’s beyond rebellion. It is a feeling of motion toward an unclear, but undeniable, adventure.
Once again, I listened as an anguished mom of four complained about the schedule of her 12-year-old son’s travel baseball team. The game was two hours away on a Sunday, which was also her 8-year-old daughter’s birthday. She dared not state her frustration in front of her son but quickly took advantage of my empathy. … Continue reading Travel Team Tirade & Tips
As weathered as we are, the weather still gets to us.
In honor of my father in law Ed T. Kett 1926-2018, I am sharing two poems. One written by him about life. The other I wrote last week in response to his death. I hope you enjoy our reflections. Worth Living What makes living worthwhile for me? Sounds of a rushing river in spring The … Continue reading Poems of life and death
When was your best snow-day ever? There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned blizzard to remind me of the giddiness I felt when as a child, I unbelievably, was the first to make snow prints in our tiny pristine Chicago backyard.