The Stuff that Makes us Whole

Funny how just a smell, taste, sight, sound, or a place can land us in the middle of a memory. The scent of homemade bread puts me back at the table in my grandmother’s kitchen. At the sight of a child clanging a triangle, I’m a second grader again in Miss Hatfield’s music class holding…

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The Cleat Fairy

Several months after Gary and I celebrated our 40th birthdays and our 60th wedding anniversary, my mother rang in her “30th” birthday. Don’t waste time re-reading that sentence. Don’t waste energy scratching your head. I call my life as I feel it. In honor of our mother’s birthday, the 6’2” baby of the family — we call him…

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Swim lessons

Last week, I attended my first swim meet in a long while. I saw my grand niece and nephew compete for my children’s alma mater—the Bridgeport Wildcatters. Within minutes of my arrival, I saw life come full circle: former teammates of my children have become the parents of the newest generation of Wildcatters. As I…

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My America

It’s no secret that Independence Day is special to me. It’s one of the most important holidays Americans celebrate. Now, more than ever, citizens need to remind themselves of the reasons we have lived safe and free for 245 years. Over the past several months, our country has suffered divisions of gigantic proportions in the…

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Overstepping

Administrators of Grace Church School (GCS) in NYC published a language guide for altering everyday words and terms. The school issued a 12-page memo to students and parents to “encourage” all to adopt speech that conforms to gender identity philosophy.  It actually suggests that students stop referring to their parents as “dad” and “mom.” I…

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Wise words

My husband highly recommends The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. The book focuses on Winston Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister during WWII. It also provides great insight into his private life. Gary awarded the book five out of five stars, but he would give a thumb’s up to any book on Churchill. The man…

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The Lee Legacy

What is it they say to parents when their children marry? You’re not losing a daughter, you are gaining a son. Or, you’re not losing a son, you are gaining a daughter. I may not have it word for word, but I’m close. In my family, that statement has proved true, so far anyway. My…

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A subtle symphony

At my castle in the woods above the lake, a whistling bird bids me good morning. She trills a 30-second solo from outside my open windows. Then, as if on cue, her peer-chorus chimes in. Each bird lifts its own warble or twitter, its chirp or caw. I can’t say that they harmonize in a…

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