At Seventeen

At Seventeen

We celebrated a friend's 17th birthday last night. Since then, "At Seventeen," Janis Ian's 1975 hit song, has been stuck in my head. "I learned the truth at 17, that love was meant for beauty queens..." The truth about 17 is that it has always been a challenging age, a plateau of poignancy from which [...]

Small doses of gratitude

Small doses of gratitude

I’m taking my gratitude in small doses this year, like the kind of spoon sipping you do as you prepare a special meal. We won't have the whole gang around the table this time, but I plan to fill the empty chairs with happy memories. I believe laughter and love ingrain themselves in the wood [...]