My nephew, a freshman in college, just returned my earlier call. He told me he was getting ready to have dinner with his father (my brother)."What?!" I asked, "this is your big Saturday night at college? Why aren't you out smoking pot or getting a tattoo or body piercing??"I thought it was a . . .
My friend, Joanne, is getting married this morning, about to start a happy life with a wonderful man. It's been a happy few months of parties and celebrations, reflecting the joy her wide circle of friends feel for her. At last night's pre-wedding party, I met a diverse group of her family and . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_bfskNU5OAI was watching some old footage of a 1966 blizzard in Rochester, NY. I remember it so well—I was a young teenager. It got me all reminiscent about childhood and a little teary. Funny thing about having grown up in a cold climate--memories of a safe, warm, . . .
I'm really busy. And I'll be a bride soon.I've given it a lot of thought, and for me, the bottom line is this: How many times in your life do you have the opportunity to announce yourselves as Mike & Carol Brady?I know. It's irresistible. Who wouldn't get married under those circumstances?We're . . .
Today I threw caution to the winds and got a manicure. When I bought the condo in PG, I stopped having my nails done, in one of those strangely illogical economy moves that only women seem to make. (Get a honkin' huge mortgage payment, but save $30/month on nails.) But since the Beau and I are . . .
I always wondered about the concept of soulmates.Until I found one.The Beau and I recognized each other as physical, emotional, intellectual and literary soulmates almost from the start. But we had to go through a hard season before we could seal the deal.A few hard seasons.Despite our close . . .
This is a shot of San Jose, Calif.I'll be there this weekend hanging with the Beau.No big plans. Probably just a movie, some videos, reading, resting. That's because there's been craziness at work and I need some down time.It's busy; I probably won't have much more to say here til I get home. . . .
Today I had a tea party and bridal shower for an amazing woman and friend who is remarrying later this month. Is there anything as fun as a lingerie shower of mid-life women? . . .
Here at Clearwater Beach, some 300 women from a North Tampa church are on retreat and so am I, invited by my wonderful, dear friend, Sheila. I arrived in discord and anxiety. I'm leaving with a greater sense of peace. They say that when the student is ready the teacher appears, and that's the . . .
Tikva's mother posted the Rumi poem below on her blog recently. She's a beautiful and expressive writer. Her pain at her baby's loss is so vivid in what she writes. The photographs of the baby, so plump and pink, are almost surreal. I've had some anxiety again this week, bad dreams. No real . . .
The cartoon's smart and clever, so I'm sharing.I was putting bags of groceries in my car yesterday morning when two emails dinged simultaneously into my PDA. One was from a conservative lawyer I know in Tallahassee, asking where I stood on the Hillary/McCain issue. The other was a piece written by . . .
Bears in the news again. Utah. Investigators say a large black bear raided a clandestine marijuana growing operation so often that it chased the grower away. "This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded," said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. "If I can find this bear I'm going to . . .
A reporter at the Tampa Tribune emailed me while ago to say that a big story on a client of mine was going to be postponed because of Hurricane Ike. The new path takes it right to Tampa, after it visits Miami. It's supposed to hit Ft. Myers Wednesday morning and us later that day. Terrific. usually . . .
I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist.The Carolina 10 Commandments:(1) Just one God(2) Put nothin' before God(3) Watch yer mouth(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'(5) Honor yer Ma & Pa(6) No killin'(7) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal,guy(8) Don't take what ain't yers(9) No tellin' tales . . .
The Beau says that when we live together, we absolutely must have a place where we can be separate and I agree. I am certain that is the key to marital success.Not that I have any particular skill or knowledge about marital success. But it sounds about right. Theoretically, anyway. He suggests we . . .
Here's a flash from the past, no? I'm enjoying the parade of young women colleagues coming into my office to express their outrage about the sexism around the Palin nomination. This is probably the first time they've ever really seen what we elders have seen all along. They are upset--and . . .
Well, it was supposed to be a haircut, but ended up a shave. And it cost more than two bits. It completely changes his look. That's right, shaved to the skin just about. He's coping well, though. And was THRILLED to have us home to hang out with him for five full days. As for "aqui", or . . .
The Beau and I have had a lovely visit thus far. He's been busy trying to tutor me in the Mac world, so I can be functional on my new Macbook Pro. Many cool features and some stuff not at all like the PC, so a learning curve. I guess that qualifies as labor today.Riley's new trainer says that when I . . .
Glad Gustav, "the mother of all storms," is only creating rain and more rain here. The beau, the dog and I are dug in for a mostly relaxing weekend. Hope power stays on, it's sticky and hot. A power outage could change the relaxing definition. Riley thinks he owns the bed and had a tantrum last . . .
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. . . .