The Circle of Family

The Circle of Family

A child dying before a parent is something that no mom or dad should ever face. Whether that child is six months, six years, or fifty-six years, the agonizing heartbreak is the same. My nephew Greg died recently. He was born when I was fifteen. I left home at...
Rock, Scissors, Paper

Rock, Scissors, Paper

The television show featured a young woman having an argument with her dad. The father was urging her to write down some important information. Her reply was something like this, “My generation doesn’t write stuff down. By posting photos and videos, we SHOW what we’re...
A Cutest Pet, By Any Other Name

A Cutest Pet, By Any Other Name

If we’re personal Facebook friends, you saw my posts in early December soliciting votes to elect my dog Riley as Warrenton’s Cutest Pet. Sadly, he did not win. I misrepresented him. He’s not actually cute. Cute dogs snuggle up, lick your face, nestle their heads in...
This Much I Know

This Much I Know

Today is the tenth anniversary of my son Tim’s death at the age of 22. I’m sharing that with you because ten years is a milestone. It’s a time of reflection, a time to look back over a decade to see what I’ve learned that might help someone else. I spent last Saturday...
Remembering Peaches

Remembering Peaches

Peaches. Not the sweet fruit, mind you, but the sweet woman who blessed our family’s life for nearly ten years. Her real name was Teresa Sharp, but everybody called her Peaches. Our paths crossed when she was working in the nursery of St. James’ Episcopal Preschool....