Burying a Friend in the Back Yard

Burying a Friend in the Back Yard

I’m not usually given to weepiness over a pet. I only have a dog, ferrets, and bearded dragons because I have kids. When my nest empties, the ferrets and dragons go with the kids. (The dog probably won’t live that long.) So you’d think when it came time to putting an...

New Year’s Acid

What’s it take it keep our New Year’s resolutions? Most of them get discarded like last night’s pizza box. Weight loss, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, going back to school, spending more time with family, changing occupations. The list is so common....

The Gift of Pain

When I was a child, my dad used to take me out on our boat and he’d let me steer. It was scary on the vast Atlantic Ocean, but my dad who was 6’4” and who I believed could do anything, stood at my side and pointed to a place far off on the horizon. “That’s where we’re...

Lessons from a Lock-jaw

I’m sure I’ll be needing dentures long before the average woman my age.More often than not lately, I find myself unconsciously clenching my teeth.  A few times I’ve actually awoken in the morning with my jaw so stiff and sore you’d think I’d spent the night gnawing on...

My Personal Weed War

I have a black thumb.It seems like any plant I try to grow, dies.  And it’s never a speedy expiration.  No, sadly it involves long suffering and then a painful and gruesome demise.  I truly have all the best intentions when I waltz through Lowe’s garden center looking...

Veritas

Sometimes truth is like a bright light in the eyes. Stabbing, shocking, painful.  But if we turn our head and follow the path it has illuminated, it leads us out of the darkness that we didn’t even know we were in.Truth is what you see in the mirror right after you...
Learning to be Still in Life’s Storms

Learning to be Still in Life’s Storms

When my daughter was eight-years-old, she was inexplicably terrified our peninsula state would be hit by a tsunami. I tried to allay her fears with the fact that tsunamis don’t general hit Florida and that our greatest natural disaster is, of course, the hurricane,...

“You Sniveling Coward!”

“You sniveling coward!” “You lily-livered, chicken-hearted milksop!” “You gutless, spineless, yellow-bellied sissy!” The thought of being on the end of such accusations can stir paralyzing fear, mortal shame, and/or wrathful anger. On the flip side, we...