Dresden Plates

My grandmother, Mildred, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1902. She died in Windom, Minnesota, in 1974....more

Untitled. Because how do I possibly know what to call this?

I am grieving.I hate that word, “grieving.”My grief is acute. It’s the pain when you first break your leg. The sharp pain that makes you gasp and you can’t breathe because it hurts so much and consumes you. Maybe if the situation had been different I would have more chronic grief. The dull, constant ache that comes later, after you’ve worn the cast on your leg but the pain doesn’t fully go away.I know I need to write, I know I want to write. But there is absolutely, not a chance in the world, that I can write anything coherent. So I will just….write.—-...more
Denise Thank you so much, Denise.more

The Genealogy Black Hole

Cross-posted from Tiffscribes blog:This past weekend was a wash, work-wise (so much for progress on the next Bastille novel *sigh*). Why? Because I decided to trace my family tree.My grandmother has been ill lately and, since she is my last surviving grandparent, I decided that it might be a good idea to gather her anecdotal rosebuds while I may.[sidebar: why is that we never realize the importance of ancestral history until after the ancestors are gone? *sigh*]...more

The Dreaded 'C' Word

Cancer. The word that everyone dreads to hear. Cancer takes lives from this world way too soon. Cancer tears apart families for no good reason at all. However, approximately 1 in 3 of people have been impacted by cancer in one way or another. The statistics are alarming, and the only hope that we have is to find a cure for such a destructive disease. Cancer snatched one of the most important people in my life, my beloved grandmother. Hers was a long and brave fight – one that I wished she did not have to go through....more


My father enjoys sitting in the dark.Sometimes he sits outside, but mostly he sits in the little TV and computer room that my parents made out of one of the spare bedrooms.  It may be late at night, but he keeps all the lights off.  I may see the glow of the television as I walk by; aside from the news shows, my Dad likes watching serials and movies about murders and gangsters and investigations, the bloodier the better.  The ones where the wife kills the husband (or vice-versa) seem to be his favorite....more

Creative gifts for the holidays for everyone, from kids to seniors

Electronics and gadgets abound in our world. But when you're making your holiday gift list and checking it twice, consider giving the gift of creativity instead of yet another gadget or widget this year.For example:...more

When Our Parents Need More

A care package came for me today. I knew it was coming: a box of old letters, photos, and poetry. When she asked if I wanted it, I was tempted to pass, but I have a little of her save everything gene, and I was curious.She and my stepfather are moving into a retirement community. Everything must go; they are packing up their lives. So you see; it’s not really about the letters. It’s about change....more
Beautifully written and touching!  Change can be difficult especially big ones.  It's never easy ...more

Grandpa Welcomed Her Home


Thanksgiving Manners.

http://authormcaldwell.wordpress.com/Show me a Haitian without manners and I'll show you the devastated parents and grandparents wondering where they went wrong.To "old school" Haitians a person's manners (or lack of) is a direct reflection on the family that raised him/her. Good manners is indicative of a loving home with parents who cared enough to teach right from wrong. Bad manners...well, bad manners signals a need for pity. It elicits a shake of the head followed by a "podyab" or a "poor baby". Bad manners is proof that you were dealt an unfair lot in life....more

Pinterest Enthusiast First Post

This is my first post to BlogHer and so it's a trial and error type of post.  Please bear with me while I learn how to work this blog.  First of all I tried to post a picture and it wouldn't let me upload one from my computer.  It required a URL which I don't have.  I thought that was illegal....but that's just me.  I'm sure that I'll figure it out after much trial and error.  If I don't post anymore on here, it's because I found a much much simpler blog site to move too....more