Dear Anne, “So what advice do you have for us?” Little more than a week ago, one of my son’s friends asked us that question, during dinner on the eve of their college graduation. I think he was sincere, or maybe he was just being nice because I had plied them with steaks and brought… Continue reading Four Interviews and a Funeral
Dear Susan, I have thought of myself as many things over the last few decades, but I never thought I would be a homeschooler, much less a Catholic homeschooler. Although a cradle Catholic, I don’t seem to fit into many of the Catholic female stereotypes that I see in the younger generation. I didn’t covert… Continue reading Home Sweet Homeschool
Dear Anne, Just in time for Mother’s Day week, I finished reading a horror story—“A Mother’s Reckoning”, the memoir by Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother. (I know, it’s not billed as horror, but if you are a mom, it reads like it.) Nineteen years ago Sue’s son, along with Eric Harris, killed 13 people at… Continue reading The Reality of a Mother’s Nightmare
Dear Susan, Having just finished Year Two of Living Bipolar-ly, I was pleased to see that I had tapped into a full-on trend. First, in the fall of 2017, the young royals made a splash on World Mental Health day (and as we all know, the Duchess of Cambridge can do no wrong). Then, in… Continue reading The Diva, the Doctor, and Me
Dear Anne, Last week I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But instead of days filled with hiking, I spent a good chunk of my time there in a windowless, concrete-floored room the size of an airplane hanger, surrounded by enough bridge players to… Continue reading From Ashes to Ashes–To New Life
Dear Susan, Yesterday, Ted and I set an appointment to speak with each other. Yes, it’s gotten that extreme. With a husband who travels frequently, spends the majority of his day on conference calls, and whose voicemail is always full, it can sometimes be hard to get a little face time with the one you… Continue reading Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus
Dear Anne, Did you hear God cancelled spring up here? Winter doesn’t want to end–honestly, it feels more like January the 83rd than early April. We’ve had four snowy nor-easters in four weeks, days and days of cold rain and a lingering grey malaise even the groundhog didn’t forecast. The daffodils that should have bloomed… Continue reading We Are an Easter People–Even When it’s Snowing?