Forgive me Dad

Dear Dad, I owe you an apology. Remember after I moved to Washington, and every time I talked to you, you said, "When are you moving back to Utah?" I remember when you finally stopped asking me that. It was after one of your visits to Washington, and, at last, you seemed to understand why I loved living in D.C. We were standing at a busy intersection in Georgetown, and you said, "I can see why you love it here. This is your kind of place. You really are a city girl." So, now that I am … [Read more...]

Love Illuminated

Daniel Jones, the editor of the New York Times' Modern Love column has read about 50,000 essays on love, and written a book  called Love Illuminated -- Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject about what he's learned. When Jones talked to Katie Couric about the book, she said she thinks if you want to find someone, you need to put out an APB to everyone you know. The hazard in doing that, according to Jones, is that you have to know what you want before you send out that APB or it … [Read more...]

The Things Doug Says

I know it’s the month of love and I should write a gooey blog about romance. But, gooey is not my forte. So I will write what is on my mushy mind. When I say mushy, I mean mushy as in soft and pulpy in the head -- not sentimental, as in conversation hearts that say things like "wink wink" or "cutie pie." If you’re a loyal blog reader, you know I love my husband. He is and always has been the real deal in the best husband department. I couldn’t ask for a better one. So, … [Read more...]

How to Survive Breast Cancer

If you're a loyal reader of my blog, you know I can't let October slip by without mentioning breast cancer.   It has to be done.   It's Breast Cancer Awareness month and everything is pink.       Everything.   Yesterday I went to my favorite bookstore in Buxton, N.C. and talked to my favorite bookstore owner, Gee Gee.   She calls me her "sister" because we share a history of breast cancer.   It's good to talk … [Read more...]

Small Treasures

In today's Washington Post magazine, I read a sweet story answering the Post's question, "What has meaning for you?" The writer, Amanda Long, wrote about treasuring her father's appointment book. It reminded me of when my dad died many years ago, and one of my assigned tasks was to clean out his safe deposit box at the bank. Deeply sad and in a state of shock, I walked into the town bank where I knew most of the people who worked there. One by one, they expressed their sympathy … [Read more...]