My People

This is the third part of a series you can find here.               So, where was I? Oh, yeah. I was in the loony bin. Now I remember. I was telling you about the time Maw and Paw first broached the idea of us all moving in together. ...more

The Aftermath of All the Pork

            So, after all that talk about pork, maybe now’s the time I should mention Weight Watchers.             I started in August and I’ve lost about fifteen pounds. I like it. It’s juvenile, but I really enjoy getting stickers in my little book and watching the line on my weight chart head downward. ...more

It Was a Ghost Town of a House

    So, it was a ghost town of a house. Abandoned mid-construction, just the bare studs and plywood floors, a lighter and pack of cigarettes left in an empty roofing nail box, like the guys working on it had to leave in a hurry. ...more

Do You Have Dementia Yet?

    So the group Alzheimer’s Disease International has released its 2009 World Alzheimer Report, in which it predicts that the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias will double every twenty years for the foreseeable future. By 2050, they calculate, the figure will reach 115.4 million worldwide....more

Happy Birthday, Dear Headache

So, two years ago last night we were at Disney World. Tink and Z were in the pool; Gary and I were sitting side-by-side in lounge chairs, imbibing something surprisingly strong to have been mixed at the happiest place on earth. The next morning, I woke up with Headache. ...more

Waiting and Watching (and Panicking)

          So I’m finding it a wee bit difficult to concentrate today because Tink has come down with a fever and sore throat. Well, more specifically, because she has come down with a fever and sore throat after getting the intranasal live-virus H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine on Monday. ...more

National Aging-In-Place Week

So next week is National Aging-In-Place Week, according to the National Aging-In-Place Council. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the seven states listed on their website, you might be able to attend a National Aging-In-Place Week event – Music! Refreshments! Door prizes! ...more

The Devil's Lapdog, Part 1

Paw used to like to tell this story: Once there was a dog that took up at our house. She was a fairly large yellow dog, gentle and ingratiating. The kind that follows you, and follows you, and follows you everywhere. ...more

Beekeeping and Banana Pudding

    So Paw’s baby brothers are closer in age to Gary and me than they are to Paw. Both are successful business owners, well into their second marriages, with so many kids and grandkids between them that I feel uncomfortable asking about them, afraid I’ll make hurtful mistakes with names and relationships. ...more


  So, things have calmed down around here. I have avoided writing for several days now, unsure of what to say, gun-shy. ...more