Aging · anxiety

Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Dear Susan, Despite the heat, and long, gorgeous hours of sunshine, summer is in its last phase here. Swim team has been over for weeks, the herons in the rookery around the corner have departed until next nesting season, and we are back-to-school shopping in earnest. Between her father, her grandmother, and me, Ashby spent… Continue reading Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Aging · Death · possessions

A Matter of Life and Death Cleaning

Dear Susan, While you have been busy wedding planning, I have been busy death cleaning. Yeah, you heard me. I was thrilled to start the New Year reading Margareta Magnusson’s book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which I had been eagerly anticipating since last fall. This is the latest in a series of… Continue reading A Matter of Life and Death Cleaning

Aging · Faith · Friendship

A Reunion of Friends–and of Selves

  Dear Anne, In 1983 I read Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men in Mr. Taylor’s AP English class, a novel that still remains one of my favorites (probably because the narrator, Jack Burden, is a frustrated historian). There is a chapter in which Jack drives from Louisiana to California, reflecting on all the “selves”… Continue reading A Reunion of Friends–and of Selves