Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

My friend Jan has always been one of our neighborhoods' more impressive residents. A cheerful whirling dervish, Jan worked as a school nurse, mothered two boys and greeted every weird medical question I had with a confident smile and a ready solution. In a general phone conversation with her once, I casually mentioned that I [...]

Love wins

Love wins

I fired up my love lights again yesterday, and bought a new sweatshirt that said “Love wins.” I still believe that love wins. I’ll bet you do too. But it can’t win alone. Love isn’t a fat cupid slinging lazy arrows, it’s: A mother having a tough discussion with her son about language and the [...]

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 [...]