49 Nutcrackers

I sat next to my mother’s friend at Thanksgiving dinner this year.  She’s a lovely woman  struggling through an absolutely awful divorce. Navigating her way through the backwash of her husband’s abandonment over the past year has forced her to toss many of the relics of her old life overboard. With a tear in her…

Take a number..

I don’t know about you, but I stared at this picture for a long time.  This is the summit of Mt. Everest photographed just days ago…and yes, these are climbers, hundreds of them, waiting for their big, official moment at the peak. I didn’t realize this, but it takes an average of two months to…

Repeat after me: “I am not a doctor.”

Rumors are flying- how did he die? Was Prince an addict?  Was it the flu? I certainly don’t have any inside scoop, but some things feel oddly familiar. My sister was a smart and talented person with lots of physical ailments. She had been under the care of a number of specialists over many years…

Barrier Breaker

I missed my new yoga class last week because we were down at our house in Florida with my daughter on Spring Break. My sister sent a text from the”Y” up in Charlotte to tell me that there was a substitute instructor because the regular teacher’s dad had died. She was back leading our group…

Holding my breath..

When the kids were little, they would hold their breath every time we drove past a cemetery. I’m still not 100% sure what that was all about, but to be honest, I held my breath a few times too …you know, just in case. And then we started visiting “the South.” Strolling through historic cemeteries…