Barbara Shallue


As 2016 drifts away...

So I'm sitting here sipping champagne, listening to fireworks in the distance, thinking about 2016. There are only a few hours left of it, and while it brought heartache, it also brought many moments of joy....more

For those of you dealing with aging parents...

This will be my...more

I had no idea...

I had no idea, when I decided to lug the recycling up to the bin tonight, that...more

One of life's sweet surprises...

It's hard for me to believe it now, but there was a time in my life when I wasn't sure I wanted to be a mother. I mean, kids can be so annoying and demanding! (I know I was!) ...more

Where Do I Begin?

My dear, dear blog, I have had so many good intentions of writing to you over the past few weeks, but alas,...more

Lesson #85 (Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mama!)

When I asked my mom what she wanted for her birthday last year, she thought for a minute, then said "More time."...more

And another year makes... 28?

Despite my best efforts to slow down...more

Memories, and other sweet!s

"...remember someone said that God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December...." ~J.M. Barrie, "Courage" (The Rectorial Address Delivered at St. Andrews University, 1922 May 3rd) ...more

Rain. A sweet! for me... a curse for others.

Our rain started last night. A determined, confident rain that would match any long-distance runner in the Olympics... persistent and focused ....more

Thirty-Four Years... wait, thirty-four years?

One thing you learn in a long marriage is how many sneezes to wait before saying, "Bless you." ~Robert Brault ...more