The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

My dad's last meal was fried clams. Flashback to 1998. Dad was dying of lung cancer. The living room was dominated by the hospital bed sent by hospice once it was clear he could no longer manage the climb to the second floor bedroom. He had been in and out of consciousness for several days … Continue reading The Annual Ides of March Quest for Fried Clams

Be kind

I recently had the pleasure of travelling to meet hundreds of like-minded individuals and as part of this adventure, we all went out for dinner together (I know) at a restaurant that (I daresay) is not used to receiving parties of this size routinely. We blew them away. The kitchen went under in about thirty … Continue reading Be kind

Boston Flower Show

My husband and I usually go to the Portland Flower Show every year, but as you many know, there wasn't one this year. We hadn't been to the Boston Flower Show in, um, decades, but we both had fond memories of all of it except the getting there and getting home part. We thought about … Continue reading Boston Flower Show

Birthday club

I am part of a great group of nurses who all work from home. Once a month we (mostly) all get together for breakfast and to celebrate a birthday, if there is one that month. This month we went to Two Hands Crepe and Juice Bar in Brunswick. Okay, it's a hike to Brunswick from … Continue reading Birthday club

The day I ate whatever I wanted

When I read the title of this book by Elizabeth Berg, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, I thought, YESSSSS!!!! That's all I want! To eat whatever I want! So in honor of my birthday month, I did that today. Full disclosure: I was using food to comfort myself because I had to work … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted

Mental health break

I took a two-day break from Nano writing and went away overnight to celebrate my husband's birthday (and, you know, to take a break from sitting! At the computer! Writing! OMG! I haven't been able to feel two of the fingers on my left hand for a week!).  We had supper at Nolita,  a new-ish … Continue reading Mental health break

Home is where?

Recently my husband and I took a vacation. This is news, because it was OUT OF STATE. Way out. Like, in NJ. Just getting the same days off from work together to go took weeks-and an aligning of the planets AND and act of congress. What was better about Atlantic City than Wells, ME? Not … Continue reading Home is where?

Cardinals

I recently spent a few minutes (okay, hours) trolling the Facebook news feed and something caught my eye. Someone (sorry, I have no idea who or what or when exactly) posted that every time you see a red cardinal, that is a sign that a loved one that has died is saying hello to you, … Continue reading Cardinals

Mantra for 2013

At a company that I worked for a while back, the atmosphere was dark and heavy. People often described the job as "Well, it is what it is." Body language and facial expressions left no doubt that what it was, well, was yucky. After years of hearing this "It is what it is" crap, it … Continue reading Mantra for 2013

Wicked good? Not!

I recently visited a popular restaurant in Wells, one that I go to frequently. Usually I go with my husband but this time I was with  my daughter. We went there on Saturday. My twelve-year-old picked the restaurant and was excited to be going out for lunch with her mom. My preference is always to … Continue reading Wicked good? Not!