A Different Black Friday

I skipped Black Friday.  I’ve done my share of after-Thanksgiving shopping in the past. When my children were young, buying toys and clothes at holiday prices helped provide a more substantial Christmas. I’d rise before dawn and slip out while my family still slept. I’d return in time to make breakfast. The fun of seeing […]

Enduring Death’s Sting

The call came mid-morning.  The male voice belonged to our nephew, the choked speech from his inner child. His mother, my husband’s sister, lay dying. She’d suffered a heart attack and collapsed. When the paramedics broke down the door, she’d lost consciousness. Now life support stood between her and eternity.  After she’d estranged herself from the […]

Honoring Memorial Day

What is Memorial Day to you? The start of summer? Three days before you have to return to work?  Time to catch up on your sleep, lawn-mowing, television watching, and social media surfing? Or is it a day filled with memories of people who gave everything to preserve what you take for granted? Every Memorial […]