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

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BOOK REVIEW: ANGEL OF EVENTIDE by Elle Powers

I was pulled right in to the conversation between the angel and the woman at the outset of the book. But, is it an angel? Who is this woman?  I have many questions and so I press on, intensely interested in how the answers would they reveal themselves. This is not only a story of compassion; … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: ANGEL OF EVENTIDE by Elle Powers

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

Book Review: Pieces that Fit

Pieces That Fit: A Mother's Journey Through Her Son's Puzzling Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome by Karen MacNeill is an important book for anyone to read that has, or wonders what it is like to have, a child with different needs in the school system. I found it to be immediately relatable. There are so many … Continue reading Book Review: Pieces that Fit

Connection

I was just watching Valerie Bertinelli's new cooking show on the Food Network. It turns out that Karen's Kitchen isn't so different from Valeries's Kitchen. She was making a buffet for a Christmas gathering and it consisted of lasagna, salad, and a favorite Italian cookie from childhood. I realized as I watched that one of … Continue reading Connection

Date night at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Avenue Q opened up the season at the Ogunquit Playhouse this year. The show is sort of a perversion of Sesame Street that is funny as hell and certainly worth seeing. The night we went was during one of the Bruins' Playoff games (season ticket holders have only limited say over what night the tickets … Continue reading Date night at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Divine Intervention

One morning, as I was rushing around getting ready for my day, I finished getting dressed and then went to get my earrings. I reached  into the small vintage glass  Pyrex pudding dish where I keep the few pieces of jewelry that I wear most frequently, intending to get my favorites. They were a pair … Continue reading Divine Intervention