Category Archives: personal

to the girl who can’t sit still

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I think know what’s going on with you.  I could tell just at a glance. You were sitting there—I won’t say where or when, so no one can guess who … Continue reading

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finally home after 40 years

In the summer of 1979, my mother moved us from Phoenix, AZ to Greenbelt, MD.  I was 12 at the time, and to say that the move changed my life forever would be like saying that the Grand Canyon is … Continue reading

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what’s been the best day of your life (so far)?

Think about that for a minute.  Could you tell me or anyone else what single day has been the best of your life–at least so far?  (One can hope that an even better day awaits you in the future) I … Continue reading

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feelings aren’t always your friends

Growing up, people tell you to Get in touch with your feelings and You’ll feel it if it’s right and Don’t fight your feelings and Go with what your gut tells you. They say things like: I feel your pain … Continue reading

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50 going on 15

Your life is like the clock at a football game: If you’re age 0-20, you’re in the first quarter; At 21-40 years old, you’re in the second quarter; Age 41-60 is the third quarter; 61-80 is the fourth quarter; and, … Continue reading

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storytelling on a 3rd thursday

I’m blessed to live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which has a thriving community of authors, musicians, and artists.  Recently, I was invited to headline an evening of readings and music that’s held on the third Thursday of the month at a … Continue reading

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a tale of two dogs

In August of last year, we adopted a 150 lb. behemoth of a dog.  This, despite the fact that we already had three dogs (and three cats), and we live in a small house.  I will be the first to … Continue reading

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we come to the land of the ice and snow

Recently, my younger daughter Ally got the notion that she’d like to visit Iceland, so her grandmother (who is also a travel bug) gave her air- and hotel fare for a combined Christmas/birthday present, and off we went during the … Continue reading

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already missing the tourists

My day job is in Washington, DC, at a federal government agency of disappointingly non-sinister bent (quite the opposite: we try to keep people from getting killed by trains).  I’ve been with the government for over 15 years, and my … Continue reading

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my new old friends

A few weeks ago, I went to my “30-ish” year high school reunion. We were supposed to meet the year before, but couldn’t get it done. It happens. I’m not really sure why I went. For me, the best part … Continue reading

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