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...]

How Walking My Dog is Like Raising My Children

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My dog Lambeau is thrilled each time I take the leash out of the closet. He jumps up and down, leaping with the joyous anticipation of fresh air, new scents, puddles, grass and the mystery of the unknown. My babies would greet me each morning, standing in their cribs, their happy, toothless grins welcoming me, their tiny hands reaching for me – open, close, open, close – … [Read more...]

The Best Gift I Ever Gave – and Received

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This is a post written for the Midlife Boulevard blog hop. Check out other great posts at the bottom of this page, or click over to Midlife Boulevard to see more.   When I was a child, I thought of myself as an artist. This was not surprising, as my family was filled with creative, artistic women. My aunt was an art student when I was a little girl, and my … [Read more...]