That Time I worked for the President

At this time of the American Presidential Inauguration, and since the hospitalization of George H.W. and Barbara Bush, I have been reminiscing about the privilege I had to work as the communications director for the Bush ‘41 Presidential Inauguration. I remember standing on the lawn of the flag-draped U.S. Capitol when he said he wanted his first official act as President to be offering a prayer for the nation. With cameras rolling and the world watching, he asked God to make us strong to do … [Read more...]

Cancer Graduation Day

It finally came. The day I've been looking forward to for 10 years. I went to see my oncologist yesterday and she said, "Congratulations. You have graduated from oncology." Oncology -- the study and treatment of tumors. The field of medicine that is devoted to cancer. About a month ago I went to the breast surgeon's office and she said, "You don't need to come back anymore unless it gives you peace of mind to keep coming." No thank you, I told her, I will not be back. I am done with … [Read more...]

Weight Watchers Embarrassment

I've debated whether to share this embarrassing experience, but here goes... Last week, I went to Weight Watchers. That's not even the embarrassing part. After Weight Watchers, I went to the car repair shop, the grocery store, and Costco. When I got home, I realized I never took off my Weight Watchers nametag. Hello world! My name is Laurie. I am a Weight Watcher. I try not to advertise this because, for me, living the WW lifestyle is like slogging through mud. Progress is … [Read more...]

Beware of Halloween

Beware of Halloween. Kids will do anything for candy. Jerry Seinfeld said, “Candy was my whole life when I was a kid. For the first 10 years, I think the only clear thought I had was ‘Get Candy.’ That was it – family, friends, school – they were just obstacles in the way of the candy. I could only think get candy; get candy; get candy.” I wish I could say that ended when I was 10. Sometimes my brain works like that now. For now, forget all the studies about how bad candy is … [Read more...]

The Power of Music

I have a confession to make. For my birthday, Doug took me to see Beautiful, The Carole King Musical at the Kennedy Center. I loved it so much, I cried. I couldn’t help myself. Sitting there in the Opera House, listening to the music I fell in love with when I was a teenager, just touched me in an unexpected way. It transported me back to about 1972 when I found Carole King’s album, Tapestry, under the tree on Christmas morning. I played that album so much that I wore it … [Read more...]