Posts Tagged family

Catherine never complained

My cousin Catherine was born with a heart defect. She began having (then-experimental) surgeries to correct it at the age of two. She had many such surgeries and spent countless days, weeks, sometimes even months in hospital. The number of times she might have died are too numerous to mention. She never complained. She amazed […]


You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings

“DITTO!” was all it took to bring tears to me eyes. You wouldn’t think one word at the end of a tweet from someone you don’t “know,” retweeted by someone else you don’t “know,” would make you cry. But it did. Actually, to be honest, it was the combination of the tweet, the “DITTO!”, and […]


15 Empowering Things to Tell Your Kids (and Yourself)

In the summer of 2012, I was cracking up (not in a good way). I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So I did both. Often. And intensely. Things were going seriously south. I was at my wits’ end, about to break apart. Luckily, I have enough life experience to know when it’s time […]


Life Breaks My Heart

Life breaks my heart. There it is land-sliding Down my lover’s shoulders When we discover death in the backyard. Life dissolves my heart. There it is flowing in the river Of another’s tears Because she can’t go home: Yet.


See me?

  I write. I write a play. A book. A blog post. A dozen blog posts. Articles and particles, bits and pieces, nuts and bolts. A lifetime. I write a lifetime. I write a lifetime in which the main character is invisible. Unseen. Unheard. Unnoticed. She barely exists in her own story. Or so it would seem. […]


10 Notes in an Ode to Joy

According to a happiness test I once took, I score highly on the “happiness scale.” But I don’t often feel happiness. Rather, I frequently feel joy, which for me is a different and deeper emotion, and which can be evoked by the simplest everyday things. There are countless notes in my continuing ode to joy; […]