Mom Stories

I've been texting my brother this morning about some Christmas returns that we need to make. Then I told him I have a new computer and wondered if he wanted my old one. "Yes!" he texted, "if mom doesn't give it away first like she did the last computer you gave me." I forgot about that. I gave him a computer a few years ago and mom saw it in her house and gave it away to someone else. She's been known to give away some pretty big things. Several years ago, she really wanted a dog. My aunt … [Read more...]

Untimely/Timely Goodbyes

It's Christmas and the last thing anyone wants at Christmas time is a sad farewell to a friend. On the other hand, when the hallmark of that friend's life was a deep love of Jesus Christ, the very reason for Christmas, there is something sacred about her leaving this life at at this beautiful, celebratory season. Dana Sue Kimball Israelsen died last Sunday at age 59 of lung cancer. She never smoked a day in her life and was never overly exposed to secondhand smoke.  Yet, two years ago, she … [Read more...]

Let the Decorating Begin…

It's Black Friday weekend. That means it's officially Christmas.   It's time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and all that other fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. We just have one slight decorating dilemma... For the last few years, Doug's niece, Teresa, a professional decorator, has decorated our house for Christmas. And, we have absolutely loved it. Two years ago, she visited us in Virginia and brought suitcases full of ribbons, garlands, giant snowflakes, and other holiday … [Read more...]

Welcome to the 60s

Well, hello 60. Cue the Hairspray music, "Welcome to the 60's."   Yes, I'm 60 years old. Doug planned a little party for me and announced in the invitation that "Her age has finally caught up to her era." My age now represents my era of hippies, women's lib, The Beatles, peace, flower power, countercultural activities, revolution, and protests against social norms. So for my 60th birthday,  I had a little countercultural, revolutionary experience of my own. Call it an epiphany -- … [Read more...]

In Honor of October

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am reprinting this blog I wrote in response to a salon.com “open call” on the question, "What can’t you bring yourself to throw away?" While it's a sad reminder of a period of my life I don't want to revisit, it's also a reminder that breast cancer is real, and still affecting far too many people. Let this be a reminder that screenings and early detection saves lives. Early detection definitely saved mine. It sits on the top shelf of my closet, … [Read more...]