This piece was originally published in the 2014 edition of True Words from Real Women, the annual anthology of life writing by the women of the Story Circle Network....more

Moving Forward Through Uncharted Waters

It was still dark and the house was silent at 6:30 this morning as I stood in the kitchen forming dough into a ball and setting it on parchment paper to rise. Gerry was out to a men’s meeting and I had just put a cup of soy milk in the microwave to warm for my second up of coffee. As I puttered I ruminated on some words I had just read in a blog I came across this morning. Before I tell you about the new blog let me back up just a bit....more

A Disturbing Trend

I don’t remember how old I was the first time someone in a store called me ma’am. I do know that I was young enough to be horrified as I didn’t feel anywhere near old enough to be deserving of that moniker. Funny, isn’t it, how we can’t wait to get older and then at some point it happens and we long for our youth?...more

Turkey Soup - Don't Throw Out Those Bones!

I’ve cooked a lot of turkeys over the course of my life and the carcass of every one of them has ended up in a soup pot. Now that Christmas is behind us and we’ve had (more than) our fill of turkey leftovers it’s time to repeat the tradition....more

It Begins Again

It’s beginning to feel like it’s always been winter. The damp, dark days have overtaken my mind. I can barely remember what it feels like to have sun on my body. I feel sluggish, melancholy, tired, and generally fed up with this season. I've had enough of the rain and the steel-gray skies.So, I dig out my dusty gardening shoes—ugly flower-patterned shoes still dirty from last year’s garden—and venture out in the cool morning. My destination: the shed where Gerry tucked away my gardening paraphernalia last fall....more

Age: It's a Relative Thing

I was having lunch with a group recently and the topic of conversation came around to my pending retirement. One of the women was surprised to learn that I'm so close to reaching that milestone."You look so good!" she said referring, I think, to the fact that I look younger than the traditional sixty-five year plus retiree age. (Good thing since I'm only fifty-four!)...more

Car Talk

"Someone's stolen the car."...more

Annual Check-Up

How's your diet?Agh. I knew he was going to ask.I lie. Again.It's good! I'm being very careful. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies, raw mostly. Or steamed. No butter or heavy sauces.He nods slowly, looking me in the eye, and I can't help but wonder if he knows I'm exaggerating the truth.The holidays. You know, the holidays are hard. That's when it started....more

Got Books?

Why yes, I DO have books!There was a box containing copies of Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief To Gratitude  waiting for me at the door when I got home from work this afternoon!The countdown has started, it’s just sixteen days until the official launch!...more

Two Hearts: An Adoptee's Journey Through Grief to Gratitude

Linda Hoye was given away at birth by her Mennonite mother and adopted when she was five months old. Her adoptive parents died when she was barely in her twenties, putting into a motion a pattern of loss that would continue for many years as those she called “family” departed from her life....more