observations

Bare Ruined Choirs

It has been downhill since mom’s 90th birthday. She has been moved to assisted living and grows frailer and more unsteady in mind and body. Two hospitalizations in November- the most recent on Thanksgiving day- have taken their toll and she grows thinner… Read More ›

We Gather Together

Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday as a child. It was always shared with my father’s brother’s family  and  sometimes assorted other uncles and aunts, friends of the family,  and cousins, lots of cousins. As a child there was little expected… Read More ›

By Any Other Name

Giving someone a name is serious business. I recall the spirited conversations about picking just the right name for my daughter and the endless conversations she and I had, figuring out names for her sons. There was so much to consider:… Read More ›

Mishpoocha

I spent a busy family weekend with my husband, daughter, son-in-law,  grandsons and my son-in-law’s parents. At my grandson’s 4th birthday celebration, we were joined by my son-in-law’s sister, her husband, niece and nephew. A lot of words to describe the… Read More ›

November Again

The balmy days of Indian summer have given way to the chill of November. Time to break out the winter coats and jackets. Invariably, I’ll reach into the pockets and finger something from the past season- a receipt, old gum,… Read More ›