July 13, 2019

I was a Girl Scout throughout my childhood, and loved it so much that in my teens I spent several summers as a camp counselor at a residential Girl Scout camp in the green hills of Connecticut. In Scouts I learned to love the outdoors, music, late-night sharing and gig...

June 9, 2019

Sprinkling ashes around her flags, I say a prayer of thanks to Kim, for all of the loud easy laughter and outdoor adventures, the healing and tears, for the 26 years that we were important in each other’s lives. My breath slows. It gets quiet. I can feel it now, all of...

November 20, 2015

I am in the grief process. And one of the basic problems I’m having with this grieving process is that the person I most want to talk this though with is the person I’m grieving. My mother, Mary, is fading from Alzheimer’s. I was never close to my sister and my dad and...

November 13, 2015

It certainly started out innocently enough. A Friday night in autumn, three seventh-graders sprawled out on our tummies on brand new slumber-party sleeping bags from JC Penney, eating M&M’s by the handful. Susan put an album on the record player. Propped up on pillows,...

May 10, 2015

august: adj, inspiring awe or admiration; full of solemn splendor and dignity

 

 

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The fire crackles as the women breathe in the night air and the words spoken by one another. Here is a diverse group of women from the hills of northwest Connecticut: artists, te...

April 29, 2015

 

Part of my journey was to find the people who could really help me—and who I could deal with. In my extensive research about infertility and “alternative” methods, acupuncture was one modality that kept coming up. Being, basically, an open-minded person, I was always...

April 22, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t quite realize that I was getting old. That is, until an adventure guide in Costa Rica and a hip yoga instructor in Boulder told me. I’d been merrily going about my business, being a mom, running a small business, and writing a book. Sure, I had past the...

April 4, 2015

This morning, I was talking to a massage therapist-turned wonderful friend who has an awesome daugher with Down Syndrome. I told Anna Maria all about the adaptive ski program, Ignite Adaptive Sports, at the local Eldora Resort and about the National Sports Center for t...

April 2, 2015

 

 

Twenty weeks into my pregnancy, Jay and I traveled to Florida for our annual trip to visit with my in-laws.  In many ways—and I know this sounds weird—my mother-in-law and Jay’s step-father were responsible for us getting pregnant. My university health insurance did...

March 20, 2015

 

There’s something about sitting in front of Krishna Das that is so powerful. I would imagine this is true even for the most cynical. His rich, resonant voice touches a place in me that is deep, kind. Most of the time, I have no idea what he’s singing about. I’ve been...

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