When you see dirt under someone’s fingernails …

Children – young children – don’t notice the dirt under someone’s fingernails … especially when they’re handing you a slice of birthday cake. And if they do, they don’t think much of it other than that the said someone needs to wash their hands. When I was young – say six, seven … nine, ten…

A Grandfather’s Final Words of Wisdom

Three Christmases ago – while my husband and mother-in-law stood in the kitchen and fussed over the uncooperative roast that seemed content to cook slower than it should – I took my glass of wine, left the roast to battle on its own and had a seat on the living room couch. My five year…

What would Leo Tolstoy say about gay marriage?

In case you didn’t see the evening news, Hillary Clinton is now in favor of gay marriage. And I quote “now” because the particular affiliate (yes, I meant to say affiliate) that I watch made sure to report her history of dissent. In 2004, in a widely published interview, she made it explicitly clear that she did not…

Harmony and Hollandaise

It is 7:49 pm – or at least it was when I wrote this.  A typical school night … I am on the couch, home from umpteen carpool trips to and from the track, the middle school, the soccer fields … my husband isn’t here.  He is at the golf course.  It is quiet ……

I learned two things from grandmother.  The first, after some glorious holiday exchange between aunts and uncles, first cousins and second cousins, and anyone else that shared our surname was, “Never apologize for who your family is. You didn’t choose them,” she told me. “As for your fiends, if you have crappy friends that’s entirely…

Ho, ho, ho ….

One bottle of Chardonnay and one wedge of French brie = Dinner last night (my dinner). The in-laws are in town … God I love the holidays For real folks … I do love Christmas … love the way my son skips around the house and my daughters get along and laugh together … it…

Is Harmony Tangible?

It’s official.  Gods and Goddesses, fairy Godmothers, Godfathers and Guardian angels alike have all left my side and the Chaos Monster has arrived. I thought about detailing my current state of agony for you all but decided that no one wants to read yet another tale about a woman gone mad because she has just…