Selling Our Home of 24 Years – Part One

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I know this place. For twenty-four years we've lived here. I arrived, almost thirty years old with my one year old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to this suburban community for two years, but my husband was right - it was the perfect place to raise a family. So that's what we did. We bought our starter home. We raised our family. Twenty-four years later, we're … [Read more...]

Don Draper, My Father and Me

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With the return of Mad Men this Sunday, April 5 for its final season, I thought it was appropriate to share this post I wrote last year on Purple Clover. When Sally Draper got out of the car on an episode of Mad Men in 2014 entitled "A Day's Work" and turned to her father, the handsome and tortured Don Draper, and said, “I love you, Dad. Happy Valentine’s Day,” I saw my … [Read more...]

Sailing Away on Her Last Spring Break

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 Note: This post was written 3 years ago, during my daughter's senior year in college. How can it be? How is it possible that my little girl is nearly done with college, and setting sail on a cruise through the Caribbean for her final spring break…ever? How can she be nearly twenty-two…wasn’t I just twenty-two a few minutes ago? I remember my big spring break trip – for … [Read more...]

Photographic Memory 2.0

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  Along with the zillions of other things that computers have changed and redesigned in our lives, one of the most pervasive is the art of the photograph. Once upon a time, the process of taking, developing, labeling and archiving photos was a labor-intensive and tactile process. There was some mystery to it all - we didn't know how the photos would turn out, whether … [Read more...]

Sometimes, Life Takes a Toll

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Every year we spend Christmas with my husband's side of the family. There are 16 of us, and for the most part this is the only time we see each other all year. The grandchildren are nearly all adults now,  and the "kids" are all, except for one, eligible for AARP cards. What used to be an avalanche of noisy, crazy toy-heavy gift opening has become a much more low-key exchange … [Read more...]