Another toast to Kathy Kostelnik

On Saturday we toasted my sister Kathy at a bridal shower for her June wedding. We've raised our glasses often to Kathy, who literally has scaled more mountains than any of us. To celebrate the centennial, Kathy climbed Mount Rainier, a daunting effort for anyone but particularly for Kathy, who rose above significant health challenges [...]

Tall girls rock

Here's to the tall girls, the whole long-striding, ankle-baring lot. Here's to the 13-year old girls who confound the airport security guards who ask about her age. Here's to the girls who consistently look across the top of their partner's head during mandatory middle school dance classes, and roll their eyes at mothers who make them stand [...]

Going my way (in honor of Father Dan Gilsdorf)

Despite an awkward beginning, our family built a special relationship with our parish priest, Father Dan Gilsdorf , who married my husband and me in 1987. That occasion, which took place on a frozen Saturday afternoon in January, may have given mellow Father Dan a clue about the organizationally challenged family he had gamely befriended. [...]