I launched this blog in 2008. My mini-me.


Dealing with the sudden, tragic death of friends

March 12, 2016

In the last two weeks, two friends died in separate, unrelated car accidents. Dealing with their deaths pushed me into a sad, heightened state of self-awareness. Missing them makes me […]

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Chuang Yen Monastery — a giant Buddha in the Hudson Valley

May 6, 2015

With the older folks in my family dying off, I’m going to a lot of funerals. They’ve become affectionate occasions to catch up with relatives. The latest gathering surprised me […]

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Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

February 22, 2015

I began the Year of the Sheep by making a painful decision about Lucky, our ancient cat. My first act of the new year was to put him to sleep. […]

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#Ferguson. Hear the black man’s cry. Our cry.

August 18, 2014

If we’re going to talk about the national outrage called Ferguson, we must include certain key facts — information that isn’t getting enough play in the news media. The race-and-politics […]

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Handling the will & kids in a second marriage

June 7, 2012

A friend wants me to post her heartbreaking tale — in hopes that she can save others from the same fate. As she wept the other day, I listened with […]

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Making do with loss

December 22, 2011

My original plan was to make this an upbeat holiday post about a favorite inspirational quote. But I just found out that a dear, 80-something friend has died of a […]

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Writing about my mom makes me cry

November 3, 2011

We’re up to Day 3 of National Novel Writing Month. I’m on it! Now that I’m actually writing 2,000 words of blah-blah a day, I understand why I resisted this […]

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