Five Cavaliers Walk into a Bar…

It was effortless to say “I love you” as I said good bye and hugged each of these four amazing women—whom I’ve known since childhood, but haven’t seen in a lifetime. Seeing them again was surreal. Because—in spite of the full life I’ve lived since high school graduation in 1986—as soon as I saw them,…

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Are You an Attention Addict?

“We are forgetting how to be bored.” At a stop light, we pull out our smartphones to check social media, the weather…something! In a doctor’s office waiting room with nothing to read but mussed copies of Us Weekly or CatFancy, we pull out our smartphones to email, to connect, to remind people we exist. We are,…

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I Want to Give You a Hygge!

Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced “hoo-gah”) that loosely translates to “a quality of coziness and contentment.” It’s conjectured to come from the word “hugge” which means “to comfort” and is where we in English get the word “hug.” I’d never heard of it the word until I was FaceTiming with my friend Sofia. She’s the…

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Happy Halloween!

Every year my mom sends us kids and her grandkids this Halloween poem she made up when I as just a kid (so around 40+ years this poem has been around). I remember we had an assignment in third grade to write a Halloween poem, so I saved the time for TV watching and handed…

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Brunch with Two Beauties

I was sitting with Alfre Woodard and two of my closest friends, basking in the sun and each other’s company while we dined al fresco on the most gorgeous summer day imaginable. Well, kind of. The friend part is correct, but it was a rainy autumn day in Chicago. We could see the soggy cityscape…

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#toRONto

Am I gonna throw up? I wondered. How much extra will that cost? I thought. And that was just on the cab ride to O’hare to begin my first solo trip to someplace I’d never been before. And it wasn’t the last time those two thoughts occurred to me. I’m not much of a traveler….

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Meeting an Old Friend…for the First Time

Terri Wingham is easily one of the most impressive people I have ever met. A cancer survivor, a lioness–both gentle and fierce, and a visionary, Terri’s life mission has become to help people living with cancer, survivors and caregivers. I wrote about her non-profit, A Fresh Chapter, in a previous blog and had the pleasure of…

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The Quiet Day

This June 1 isn’t particularly sad for me…the last few haven’t been, per se. They are thoughtful days. And they are quiet days–meaning, aside from work I’m not overly communicative. Certainly, Ken is on my mind–and on the mind of so many of those who loved him. But, it’s a day when I think about…well,…

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Widower No More

There was a time when I never thought I’d be doing what I was doing. Ever. But it was happening, and I didn’t have any emotional reaction to it. It was time. Five-and-half years later, I’d reached a new place in my life. As I packed up the remaining photos of my late husband, Ken,…

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That Time Gram had a Book Written about Me

When I found “Sammy the Robot” from my previous blog, I also ran across another treasured relic that has been with me even longer. My gram was severely disabled by rheumatoid arthritis for my entire memory of her. Most of the time in my life, she was fairly homebound. But when I was a very little kid,…

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