Party of 10
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
I’m not interested in naughty and nice. Let someone else worry about that. Me, I’m counting sheets and towels and frozen lasagnas.
Saints Preserve Us
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
My personal saints have no marquee value. They do not appear on any calendar or stained glass window. There are no statues of them in parish churches. If I told you their names, you would not recognize them as spiritual ...
Checking the Life Lists
Published 10/5/2011 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments
Wisdom, I have come to believe, lies in accepting one’s limitations while not using them as an excuse for laziness, whining, or general laxity.
An Unlikely Vols Fan Knows the Score
Published 9/7/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
So here we are again in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness that Keats wrote about, the long, languid autumn that redeems the brutal summer. The light has begun to soften, filtering through leaves whose green is deeper now, ...
Ticket to Ride
Published 8/3/2011 at 5:03 p.m. 0 comments
I don’t like crowds. I don’t like noise. I don’t like funnel cake. I don’t like giant cartoon characters looming over me like neon-colored predators, nor do I want to stand on line for three hours to hyperventilate on the ...
Published 7/6/2011 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments
And then, out of nowhere, the moment arrives when the antique charm of your childhood becomes the stuff of legend.
Get Rich Quick
Published 6/8/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 0 comments
One in five lottery winners ends up broke in three years. I read this statistic and shake my head. The people who lose it all are careless and gullible. They make bad investments. They fall for every sob story. They ...
Hurry Up and Wait
Published 5/11/2011 at 4:05 p.m. 0 comments
I am standing in the front hall with three small grandchildren, bundling them into jackets against the April chill. It is 9 a.m. on the first day of my week as caregiver. Breakfast eaten: check. Kitchen tidy: not really. Children ...
Published 4/6/2011 at 12:30 p.m. 0 comments
It’s here again. The evidence is overwhelming. The pink tree outside my building is in bloom, and the grass is full of those little blue flowers that are weeds but still incredibly delicate and heart-stirring and seem to cry out ...
Release the Hound
Published 3/2/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
Clicking my way through TV’s vast wasteland (300 channels and nothing to watch) on a recent evening, I met an old friend.
After the Fall
Published 2/2/2011 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
A recent tumble down a steep driveway has left me with a broken foot, a painful shoulder, and a bad case of powerlessness.
The Living End
Published 1/5/2011 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments
What do we have to look forward to in the new year? Well, for starters, there’s the end of the world as we know it. According to the North Carolina seeress promulgating the current prediction, it’s slated for May 21. ...
The Art of Waiting
Published 12/8/2010 at 3:12 p.m. 1 comment
Here’s my favorite thing about Christmas: Advent. As a season, it has a lot to recommend it. It’s shorter than Lent. It does not involve presents, cookies, or inflated expectations. There’s not much decorating, except for a wreath and some ...
A Luddite Listens
Published 11/10/2010 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments
In a world of relentless technology, it’s a sound that hasn’t changed since my childhood. It’s the whistle of the train that brought my grandmother to visit long ago, heralding her arrival as we waited eagerly on the platform. It’s ...
The Gift That Endures
Published 10/13/2010 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
Four score and ten has a Biblical ring to it, although not many people in those days made it to 90. Even by today’s long-lived standards, it’s a big number.