I love when holidays snuggle up to weekends and you can hit the snooze button on life for an extra day or two. I especially love when some of the people with whom you've made holiday memories can stick around a while and savor them with you. In a holiday full of them, one particular [...]
Thanks for nothing 2020!
Tomorrow, I will set the table for the smallest Thanksgiving dinner I've ever hosted on a family heirloom that still reels from the indignity of its life as a desk. Oh, 2020, you emerged with such promise and so quickly became a four-digit curse. Thanks for nothing...and thanks for everything you've taught us about what [...]
What would your grandparents say?
I’m not sure what my Baba would say about what’s going on in this world, but I know she’d say something. My paternal grandma felt most comfortable in the active kitchen of the green coal company house she kept immaculately clean, located just down the road from her mother, mother in-law, several siblings and in-laws. [...]
Sediment and rings
I wonder how our rivers will record this volatile year. What stories will they tell in the sediment they leave behind? Does the 2020 moon wax in sympathy, or wane in dismay? Will the stressed roots of this year's trees grow deeper, will their acorns offer hope? Do the tides of 2020 hurry out and [...]
Hindsight is 20/20
Hindsight is 20/20, especially this year. With seven months under our belts, though, I think it's worth a peek back so we can start to move forward. For instance, I believe the year might have unfolded in a far less challenging way if we could have begun with one global statement of introspection and another [...]