Calling All Angels

December 12, 2017

The Standard Times, New Bedford’s local newspaper, (and, full disclosure, the paper in which my articles appear weekly) is selling a photograph taken by staff photographer Mike Valeri back in 1997 to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Neediest Families program. The photo was of a Padenarum (a village in South Dartmouth, MA) sunset. After […]


And the Party Continues

November 28, 2017

You all know I’ve been celebrating my 60th birthday since about mid-summer. The actual date was Thanksgiving, 11/23 and the dance party was the night after. And what a great birthday celebration it all was. Having my brother from another mother, Mark, and his wife Jan here for the holiday was so special and I […]


Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again”. His experience was vastly different from mine; his protagonist’s town turned against him. My house just got smaller. Still, it held stories and memories, which I won’t share here but choose to hold back for possible eventual blackmail purposes. My darling husband wanted a surprise birthday experience […]


Wicked, In a Good Way

November 1, 2017

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 95, but she left us at 87. Having a Halloween birthday was always good for witch jokes, broomstick as mode of transportation, and just calling her scary in general, which wasn’t far from the truth. She had a wicked sense of humor, in every sense of […]

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Remembering Norman

June 18, 2017

I read a Father’s Day tribute by one of the local newspaper’s writers; she writes book and music reviews, and interviews musicians coming to the area. She did a great job of capturing her relationship with her father over the decades. It was very sweet. It made me think about my dad, Norman, and how […]


A Little Slice of Heaven

August 25, 2016

My cousin Claudia’s in-laws own a summer cottage in Enfield, NH, and have generously shared it with their kids who in turn have shared it with us. Lake Mascoma is their back yard, and the house has a dock with kayaks and canoes and a bunch of rafts perfect for floating on a hot summer […]


Six Geese A Making Cookies

December 17, 2015

Melissa had a cookie making party. Unlike a cookie swap, we all got together to actually make the cookies. And candy. There were critical failures and smashing successes. And that was before Sharyn pulled out the bourbon for the bourbon balls. So all in all, it could have been much worse. The bourbon balls Sharyn […]


90 Years Young

November 14, 2015

I’m a big fan of birthdays. There are those of us who agree they should be more than just days, like a birth week or a birth month. Hell, if you’re 90 it should be a birth year, and you should party ‘til the cows come home. And send those cows on a round the […]


Remembering Susan

November 6, 2015

Sometimes it’s not a birthday, anniversary or special occasion that brings a person to mind; sometimes it is something as mundane as a web hosting renewal request. I don’t need an occasion to think of my late sister-in-law Susan; I need only look around my house. Gifts she’d given me, photos of her in happy […]


Late Summer Table

September 8, 2015

Even on August’s hottest days the angle of the sun in the sky foretold the change of the seasons. There is sadness in saying goodbye to our short summers, knowing it’s time to think about putting the boat on land for the winter and get ready for all that fall brings, but we’re going to […]