My Sister Lives Far Away

My sister lives far away which means much of our communication is done via text, phone, and FaceTime versus hugs, coffee, and couch cuddles in real life. Our proximity, like most relationships, has ebbed and flowed with the waves of life. ...more

I'm an Instigator

 Let me start out by saying I don’t enjoy confrontation, although one may argue, on occasions, my actions may have inadvertently caused it. I have been accused of being an instigator. Translation: I bring things up enough to bother someone else with doing something about it, because like I said, I don’t take pleasure in hostile encounters, but I do appreciate justice and answers. ...more

Sometimes best friends take years to find.....

 I grew up surrounded by boys  - 2 brothers and all male cousins were my closest neighbours, and had awkward relationships with girls all through school, so I never really felt all that comfortable cultivating satisfying female friendships. As time would have it, I have gotten pretty good at making friends, holding my own on my side of the relationship.  Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed at how lucky I am to have TWO very close, very awesome girlfriends. ...more

Barbie Dream House Eviction Notice

My sister and I are 18 months apart. We were Irish twins, doing everything together. I rushed to keep up with her in everything she did, and I also like to think that I held her back a little bit. It’s all about compromise people.Now, the dark underbelly of having kids so close in age is that it’s exhausting (or so my mother keeps saying). Their childhood becomes a series of COPY and PASTE. “Ooh, that outfit is cute, I’ll just buy 2. Ooh, that toy looks fun, they can just share it. Did I put both kids in the car….eh, probably.”...more

Sister Saturday- Hot Chocolate

Sister Saturday- Hot Chocolate...more

A Letter To My Sister

So, it was my sister’s birthday the other day and since I could not be there in person, ocean dividing, I wrote her a letter. Last I heard, she replied back, I love you too.____...more

Sister Act

How many of you have sisters?  Although sisters are family, they are also our friends.  Sisters know us on a whole other level, because they’ve been there since the beginning.  If you’re the oldest, you welcomed your baby sister with open arms.  You held her like she was your own personal doll.  If you’re the youngest, you looked up to your older sister for advice and wanted to be like her.  And if you’re a middle child, well, you had the best of both worlds.  Of course there’s the flip side, we fought and argued while growing up and said things like...more

Another Thanksgiving

Jim’s sister is kind enough to have us over, so the nomads without an oven have an invitation with the kids. You miss your parents, and the memories of Thanksgivings past. I am thankful for the Thanksgivings current and hopeful for Thanksgivings to come. I am thankful for you, dear reader-have a safe, happy Thanksgiving! ...more


I never wanted to grow up. Maybe I had a premonition of what adult life held in store for me. I knew where I was happiest, and that was in the twilight of childhood, never sure what was real and what was fantasy. I lived on dreams and half-truths, my poor eyesight protecting me from things I didn’t want to see. I focused myopically on the pages in front of me. As long as I had my nose in a book, nobody could touch me. The world faded away and became harmless....more

Special Day

My Brother Bob is sixty-three today and I am blessed to have him as a brother. Without him, there would have been no taking care of Mom at home. The past four years have worn us down, but with God’s help, we are both here. I love him to the ends of the earth and wished him this morning in Polish,”Sto Lat”, meaning may you live a hundred years. ...more