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


The BRAVE Interview #14 September 2017: Sylvia Wesley

Here is this month's BRAVE Interview with Sylvia Wesley! Enjoy! WHO are you? I’m a 61-year-old white woman—wife, mother, nurse, and pseudo-bon vivant! WHAT is your One Brave Thing? Sometimes I feel like just living every day is a Brave Thing and it is difficult to choose a single event!  As a nurse, it seems like so many … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #14 September 2017: Sylvia Wesley

What goes around

When I graduated from high school, one of the things that I was given was a Lane cedar mini-keepsake box. I know this because, unlike other things I might have been given that day, I still have my Lane cedar mini-keepsake box. One of the reasons that I was so excited to receive it was because my … Continue reading What goes around

My foremothers

This is the first Mother's Day in 3 years that I have had the day off from work. YAY! It gave me more time to spend with my kids, for which I am endlessly grateful. It also gave me more time for reflection, for which I am also very grateful. In years past, I have … Continue reading My foremothers

Give me the flowers

This month, I felt drawn to attend one of Melissa Boyd's programs where she channels messages from spirit, but I had no one to go with. By nature I am an introvert, and typically I am not a person who likes to go places alone. Other than, you know, a coffee shop with a book. … Continue reading Give me the flowers

Message from Mom

So I had a visit last night from my mother. She died in 1996. She visited me in a dream. She was wearing a long white dress that was cinched in at the waist with a sash that I think was also white. I should note that she never dressed like that in real life.  … Continue reading Message from Mom

Alive and Kickin’

Want to make your daughter's day?  Sing a song from your youth. I did this today, and in front of her friend, no less. What the hell was I thinking? I don't know. I was inspired. In my defense, the song came on after "Operator" by Lady Gaga, catching me a little off guard. Yes, … Continue reading Alive and Kickin’

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

Brave the movie

Brave in a nutshell: Best hair in a movie--ever. Lots of slap stick humor. Butts abound. There is one anomaly: a mother. This is a Disney film, after all, but it includes a mother. Any of you who grew up with Bambi, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Cinderella...evil stepmothers notwithstanding, there are no living birth mothers in this … Continue reading Brave the movie

Girls of a feather

My daughter and I got matching feathers a few months ago. Why? I don't know. We were at a business expo and there was someone offering to feather people for $5. She said it usually costs $8 but it was a special price Today Only (certainly we've all heard that before). Anyway, she wanted one … Continue reading Girls of a feather