Why Holocaust Remembrance Day Matters

Holocaust Remembrance Day begins at sundown. It’s a day to remember and reflect upon the fact that 6 million Jews were persecuted, tortured, and killed some 70 years ago....more

Merry Christmas!

Remembering all who have gone before.Savoring those who are in my life now.Hopeful for tomorrow and beyond.Merry Christmas!...more

First Day

As the first day of school looms on the horizon, I wonder what we would be doing if the boys were still with us. It would finally be their turn to shop for backpacks and new outfits for their first day of nursery school. Would they be excited?What about the kids – their classmates. Will I forever look at these kids and wonder “what if?” They don’t even know that they’re missing two important members of their class....more

I PURE LOVE THAT SMELL!

  I PURE LOVED THAT SMELL!BY GLORIA FAYE BROWN BATES/aka GRANNY GEESoapy suds, white bubbly bubbles!  The scent that comes from the suds are magic... they can transport me in time!  This always comes to my mind when I use Dial soap... truthfully, it's rare that I do.  I used Dial soap this morning in my wonderful shower!...more

Now and Then and Later

The Zen philosophy of life is to live in the moment. Don’t look behind you, don’t look ahead – just exist in the now, this very minute, where you stand, sit or tumble. Live as if today was the last day of your life. Live life to the fullest and never let yourself fall into the trap of “what if” or “maybe someday.”...more

A movie of memories

Sometimes it seems like my memories are heavy with trauma.  Like eating deep fried fish and chips, it provides a certain level of comfort before back stabbing me with a belly ache.It’s time for something light.  Salad perhaps, for a more balanced diet....more

“I will love the block person.” – Neil

The following is a recording for me from my husband, Neil.  He recorded this in April of 2010.  This was recorded one day after his sister died.  Neil died eleven months later.I’m glad he took the time to do this recording, because it is very special to hear these words directly from him, and to know this recording will be a treasured keepsake to share with our daughter as she grows up.If you do watch the attached video recording I apologize in advance for our noisy little girl, whose voice is often in the foreground....more

Christmas cheer!

Last Christmas my husband and I experienced the greatest high in our marriage.  Our greatest high was proceeded by our lowest, low in Cuba.  After that trip, and my not-so-slight melt down on the plane ride home, I drew the line.  I was worn down.  I had nothing left to give.  Something had to change.Then it did.  In the most unexpected way.  A switch went off in my husband.  He started fighting for our marriage.  He started fighting for me....more

Starbucks and sirens: a tribute

It use to infuriate me when my husband would leave the house multiple times a day to go to Starbucks.  “We have coffee right here!” I’d argue.  It didn’t matter.  There was something he was getting there that he wasn’t getting at home.  Like the Greek myth of the sirens, the mermaid-like creature featured on the Starbucks logo, the siren sang lost sailors to shore.  Whether there was something about having the coffee handed to him or the all-inviting culture that drew him in, Starbucks became Neil’s shore....more
Me too :) They are very special indeed, and we now know all the Starbucks staff by name. @Denisemore