The Journey of a thousand miles...

...begins with 30 minutes of gimpy steps. Today is National Start! Walking Day, and - while I may be hobbling this first day (and possibly the next few) - I'll be out there. My mother, father, brother and sister all had heart problems before they died, and a day doesn't go by when I don't think of my nephew's dark humor at his mother's December funeral, asking who was planning on dying next year. ...more

Please, Continue

My dear sweet sister Mary died on December 10th. After our mother died in 2001, Mary was the closest thing I had to a mother. I am the youngest of nine children, and, although I still have several living siblings, this loss - especially so close to the holidays - has been very hard to bear. I remember Mary as a fiercely independent woman who loved to truly experience life, travel, have adventures, and had a marvelously demented sense of humor. Her decline and death has left a hole in my heart, and it will take a long time for that to heal. ...more

Halloweenies, or...

How the Grinches Are Trying to Steal Halloween... ...more

My Mother Had Wings

I read a blog entry the other day written by a young woman who said she didn't believe in heroes. That the only person you should have to look up to is yourself. Hogwash, I say. (And awfully narcissistic, to boot.) Meet my hero - my mom: Out at the Castor homestead. ...more

Thank you!

Lisa Stone
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DC Area Cranky Curmudgeons?

Greetings from Washington, DC! I've actually been a member of BlogHer for over a year, but never have posted anything here. My blog is categorized under "Life" (since I'm not a mommy or a businessperson and I have no specific genre to hold onto.) Basically, I am a storyteller who occasionally rants about the news of the day. ...more