For Mother’s Day :: The Gift of Honest Words

I watched my Mom do this thing with grace — and sometimes with frustration. This “sandwich generation” season I find myself in has me thinking about my Mom a lot. It’s been nearly three years since she passed, rather suddenly and too soon, and it’s meant a huge adjustment for all of us, especially Dad. …

Story Matters: Sharing a Family Story at “Breathe”

When a girl grows up casting her Daddy as the hero in every story, it’s natural that one day she will tell his story. My father’s story is far from a fairy tale. The years immediately after my mother left our family must have been rough for my father as he took on the task …

Giving Thanks for Family Stories

There’s still turkey in the fridge, but Thanksgiving has officially given way to Christmas. I’ve done some cyber-shopping and boxes of ornaments and lights will be opened so the halls can be decked some time this week. But until then, I’m lingering over memories of Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember, we’ve piled our turkey, sweet potatoes and …