Each morning, I lie with my eyes closed, imagining the time of day. Gently, I open my eyes to the strategically-projected time, on the ceiling. Occasionally, I'm surprised at the early morning hour and drift back to sleep. Yet, most of the time, my gradual awakening is the early morning reprieve to the brash, alarm... Continue Reading →
Things I’ve learned in my 48th Summer
As my father rapidly approaches his 70th birthday, his return to his "roots" has left the rest of the family rolling our eyes. The fraction of his genetic code that came from Louisiana means that he must now greet all strangers in French. The portion that can be traced back to the Native Americans means... Continue Reading →
Queen of De-nial!
My marriage is one made in heaven. My husband LOVES to cook. I LOVE to eat! When we married in 2003, I was a healthy size 8. My frame is thin but I love my sweets and good food. In the first two years of marriage, I had grown to a size 16 and quickly... Continue Reading →
Finding a New Dream
It happened when I was in my early 20s; one of those rare, personal conversations with my father. I can still picture driving through the countryside, windows down, the smell of freshly plowed dirt on my mind more than the words coming from his mouth. He was known for his lectures. My sisters and I... Continue Reading →
When your friends start dying
It happened several years ago. I noticed that for a couple of years in a row, I was attending at least three funerals a year. In the course of a conversation with an older friend of mine, he commented, "just wait 'til your my age. We've been to a funeral every weekend for the past... Continue Reading →
I’m 45. Can I seriously be “over the hill”?
Like most people my age, I've started asking myself the big questions. What is my purpose in life? What have I accomplished? What will be my legacy? Some people refer to this as a mid-life crisis. Admittedly, I did initially think of it as a crisis. Turning 40 was an awful feeling but one of... Continue Reading →