I like to give our Christmas trees a little pep talk as I strip them of all their glory and send them out into the frigid winter. I thank them for absorbing all the chaos of the season and reflecting back its peace. They have all been, to a trunk, stalwart companions, noble conifers even, [...]
Hey you! You are beautiful!
We saw the sign as we hurtled down Chicago's Lakeshore Drive, a little bit late and a little bit lost. "You are beautiful" "Stop the car!" I said to my sister who, thankfully, ignored me as she threaded her way through eight-lane rush hour traffic. "Did you see that sign?" "You are beautiful" Fifteen-feet tall [...]
The Enchanted Mirror
I own an enchanted mirror, gifted to me by my grandma, who had no use for magic spells. Grandma hung the heavy mirror in her hallway; I don't think she ever glanced in it herself. Someone stuck an "I am a Packer Backer" sticker the lower right corner of the mirror and it stayed there [...]