The Unbearable Heaviness of ‘Stuff’

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The collection of ‘stuff’ has been an ongoing theme in my life, and it all started with my mother. A baby born at the end of the Great Depression, Mom was a collector of everything. Born into an extremely poor rural French Catholic family, she had to leave home at age 15 to get a job and to make a way for herself in the world. Education was (and is) a luxury that the poor could simply not afford. Continue reading “The Unbearable Heaviness of ‘Stuff’”

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On Tinder, True Love and the Reading Glasses

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My daughter recently came for a visit and I was thrilled to drive her back to her home province with a car filled with things she needed for her apartment. Continue reading “On Tinder, True Love and the Reading Glasses”

Remembering to Thank the Volunteers

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In my life, I have been a volunteer on a great number of occasions. Volunteering is either something you ‘get’ or you do not. Continue reading “Remembering to Thank the Volunteers”

On Becoming Irrelevant

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I have always loved to read. Books – real books; not the digital kind – have been an escape for me from as far back as I can remember. Continue reading “On Becoming Irrelevant”

Clothing Labels and Parenthood

84-Custom-Clothing-Labels-Personalized-Name-Tags-For-Children-Clothing-Name-Labels-Organic-Cotton-Iron-onWhen my kids were little, I used to have to label all the clothing they wore to daycare. Continue reading “Clothing Labels and Parenthood”

I’m So Sorry…

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The older I get, the heavier become my deepest regrets. I find myself making amends now, as often as I can: I do not want to die with the added regret of words unspoken. This is a story of a woman I met recently who must have waited too long… Poetry has never been my strong suit, but I have added – at the very end – my own plea for forgiveness… Continue reading “I’m So Sorry…”