There is love

There is love

Love and Salms filled a beautiful old barn yesterday afternoon in Freedom as our friends Bob and Gail celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The whole event felt like a giant family hug. "How'd a guy like you ever land a cute bride like that?" my husband Vince joked. "I drove a cool car," Bob answered. [...]

To him who in love nature holds

To him who in love nature holds

The last time I thought about William Cullen Bryant was in 1982 when most of my friends were wandering around the hallways at Xavier High School sort of glassy-eyed and mumbling the last stanza of Thanatopsis. “So live, that when thy summons comes to join   The innumerable caravan, which moves   To that mysterious realm, where [...]

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

More than almost anything else, my mother loathes butter. Her standard breakfast order -- dry toast, crisp bacon, eggs scrambled hard -- is a mandate not a request. Should butter appear on her plate, she will lose her appetite for the entire meal and the offending restaurant will face her non-negotiable butter boycott. So, when [...]

Here’s to November, one of the best people I know

Here’s to November, one of the best people I know

I’m learning to love in November what I love and admire in most people I know. Stripped of October’s candy corn color and uncorrupted by December’s frantic glitz, November offers only this: gratitude. And that’s a lot. November is the friend you walk with on mornings so cold your eyes water and your nose runs [...]