Year One: Tracking Grief's Learning Curve
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
A year ago at this time, I began to feel the earth shift under my feet. My cell phone rang in a hotel lobby, and I sat down on a leather bench and listened to my sister tell me that ...
Chopper Down: Hovering Over the Truth
Published 3/13/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
So here’s a news flash. The latest research indicates that helicopter parents are doing their children a grave disservice.
Hard Times: It’s All relative
Published 2/13/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
I am beset with a host of first-world problems, domestic disasters so trivial in the overall scheme of things that I am ashamed to list them, even to myself.
Published 1/9/2013 at 12:33 p.m. 0 comments
Eight days after Newtown, he told us that it would actually be a good thing to go to heaven. He had not been told of the event.
Family Tree: Sense Versus Sentiment
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Maybe we’ll skip the tree this year. We won’t be home for Christmas, so really, what’s the point?
Write Your Mother: Savor the Season
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
When this column appears, my favorite month will be history. Pumpkins will vanish from front porches, and store windows will start to sprout the first plastic Santas and evergreen garlands. The light will shift from muted gold to the pallid ...
Clear Pictures: Taking the Long View
Published 10/3/2012 at 3:50 p.m. 0 comments
Two college students are talking outside my window. They are discussing their futures. “I’ll be an old man before that happens,“ says one. “I’ll be, like, 30.” His friend considers this. “Oh, you mean really old,” he says.
Wild Kingdom: Nature Comes Home
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
The general consensus is that the snake has gone.
Mood Management: Lessons from a Beginner
Published 8/8/2012 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments
Here’s what I learned on my summer vacation: There is no more potent antidote to bleak introspection than a 2-year-old girl in monkey pajamas.
Learning From Loss
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
In the past seven weeks, many people have told me many things about grief.
Time in a Bottle: Give Sorrow Words
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
My share of my father’s ashes doesn’t take up much room. Only a lifetime.
The Tie That Binds
Published 4/11/2012 at 12:04 p.m. 1 comment
I came as a corporate wife, dragging my heels, nurturing a secret hope that this would be a short stop on the way to another big city like the ones I’d left behind. Knoxville was still basking in the glow ...
Seeking the Mindful Moment
Published 3/14/2012 at 12:24 p.m. 0 comments
I’m over multi-tasking. I realize that it’s a highly prized skill here in the second decade of the 21st century, right up there with extreme couponing and ice-road trucking. But for me, the thrill is gone.
Is Geography Destiny?
Published 2/8/2012 at 3:36 p.m. 0 comments
I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to go home.
Give Peace a Chance
Published 1/11/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
There was a time when peace meant the absence of conflict. Now it’s invoked to describe every imaginable condition from manageable hair to financial security.