Always There

Always There

  Labor Day weekend is always a time of goodbyes--to beach swimming, enthusiasm for tending the garden, and white pants.  I said goodbye to my son last Saturday as he set off on a four month trip to Asia. My husband's dear Uncle Roy went off to heaven at age 96. And our grandson said [...]

Matriarch, me?

Matriarch, me?

Matriarch. Me? The female head of a family.  An old woman, possibly obsolete, yet worthy of respect and reverence.  One with impressive dignity and notable character. The reality of being the oldest generation of our family at a time of endings and beginnings doesn't quite seem possible. You lose your mother, the former female head [...]

Life Begins

Life Begins

For men life begins when the last child leaves home and the dog dies. Well, that is what has happened. It's just us now. Phil and I hold each other in the small exam room in the Vet's office.  Phoebe, our 14 year old Lab is with Dr Sven in back. He is starting an [...]