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



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


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

Write it down, make it happen

Okay, it's a book (not mine!) title. It occurred to me to apply the philosophy of: "If you build it, they will come" espoused by James Earl Jones and put into force by Kevin Costner in the Field of Dreams movie which coincidently (?!) contained a female lead character named "Karen" (not sure how she … Continue reading Write it down, make it happen

The ides of March~Grieving my dead relatives part 5

John I always liked the sound of "The Ides of March" from when I'd first come upon the phrase in my reading of Shakespeare. In 1998, it took on a new meaning: the day that my father died. He was on hospice so his death was no surprise. My mother's (who had died 2 years … Continue reading The ides of March~Grieving my dead relatives part 5

March 13

My mother's birthday is was March 13; she would have been 71 this year. I wasn't going to write a post about her because I just published one a couple of weeks ago, but here we are. The day started off as many do, with a quick look at Facebook to see if anything was … Continue reading March 13