Blessings in Disguise...

Mama and I were visiting in her room yesterday when the sound of Christmas carols reached our ears, even over the high volume of her roommate's television. I stepped into the hall. It was coming from the dining room....more

Don't Stop Believing!

I didn't become Catholic because they consider it okay to dance and drink, but I have to admit, those are great fringe benefits! Every year I look forward to our parish "adult" Christmas party, where there's always great food, great dance music, a huge dance floor, and a mostly older crowd who make me feel young and old at the same time. There are some 80+-year-olds who can out-dance me! ...more

My son, at not quite 30...

He doesn't take himself too seriously. For instance, this is his latest post on Facebook... "I jogged through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel......more

Thanksgiving, Advent, and other sweet!s of the week...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. I feel especially blessed that in my 55 years I've only been responsible for the whole dinner a handful of times, thanks to my mom and, more recently, my son and daughter-in-law ....more

Reflections on Gratitude, and "Lasts" (and Happy Thanksgiving to you!)

There's a small pond tucked into the bottom of a hill down the road from our house. It can be counted on to hold water when the others have all dried up, deep enough that our Max puppy could really swim in it sometimes, not just wade. He loved it ....more

Wheat Pennies

Like my Daddy, and his daddy before him, I have a coin collection. My coins aren't categorized into small blue books like theirs, though. Mine -all wheat pennies -...more

Birthday Snow

It snowed in Texas today, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet....more

Mama taught me... (Lesson #83 and happy birthday, Mama!)

My mother, who was born with a spirit of independence and "where there's a will there's a way" ... who was my quadriplegic brother's primary caregiver even while working full-time ... who others (not just family) always turned to for help ... .. ....more

Don't worry. I got this.

"Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done." ~St. Martin of Tours ...more

Party Girl

This evening my family commandeered the sunroom where my mom lives to celebrate her 83rd birthday a few days early. It was the only day we could all be together, but besides that, when you're turning 83, you really should start celebrating early, don't you think? ...more