The Last hoorah

Yesterday was my father’s 84th birthday. Today is my parents 62nd wedding anniversary. This is the last celebration of both. They met senior year at Wheaton College outside of Chicago. They were engaged and married within a year. Football, seminary, farm churches, West Point. They lived an extraordinary life. There is something very powerful in […]

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2020 Vision in Hindsight

Tomorrow is my 28th Birthday. Ok, ok. 42nd. But I feel 28. That counts for something. Considering how much coffee and wine I drink, I’m guessing I’m already at my half way point. That’s ok – I’ve lived more lives than a cat. An indoor cat. Do you ever do those quizzes where you list […]

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The Case for Over-Loving

‘Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. … To love is to be vulnerable.” CS Lewis from The Four Loves In the […]

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The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank

  “Maybe you don’t realize the dangers of being by yourself out here in this wilderness. There are loonies and crazies running around all over the place…. and we’re all on a first – name basis.” Erma Bombeck I just returned from a few days in the swamps of Georgia where the water tastes like […]

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Happy Mother/Oma/Girlfriends Day

I never expected to have kids.   No, I don’t want to hold your baby. Please remove your small child from my Prada purse. Smell it? You want me to smell it? Smells like sour milk and crackers. There’s a scene from the movie Overboard where the mother says to Goldie Hawn’s character: “But darling, if you […]

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Reunions. Maybe You Can Go Home Again (& Other Life Lessons) Run 50

My parents are in town for a week. Parkinson’s makes it difficult for my father to travel and he doesn’t do well out of his routine but I needed them and they came. Life Lesson #1: Ask for what you need. Don’t expect to get what you want but ask for what you need. I […]

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Camp’n in New Jersey – Run 50

Over the river and through the woods To Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow. I grew up in New York. Every Monday we would leave our Rock Bound Highland Home and head over the river and through the woods for dinner with my […]

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