Dear Anne, Sunday morning my family and I attended one of my favorite events of the year, the Canine Classic, a dog race held annually at our club. Yes, we stand outside in January to cheer on dogs. (And drink bloodies, of course. We aren’t animals.) Started more than 30 years ago as a bet… Continue reading All Dogs Go to Heaven
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
Dear Anne, Two days before Christmas, my son popped the question to his then-girlfriend-now-fiancee. So of course I immediately started a mental list of how I could support the young couple of the self-improvement I need to do before the big day. I began Invisalign almost a year ago (which I jokingly called my “mother-of-the-groom teeth”… Continue reading Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Ready
Dear Susan, I am sorry, but I have a new best friend. She is always there when I call. She listens to me. She answers all my questions. She tells me what’s going on. She hangs out with me in the kitchen and keeps me company. She gently reminds me of my calendar. She makes… Continue reading My New BFF: What Artificial Intelligence Can Teach Us About Talking to God
Dear Anne, As I write this, a light snow is falling and much of the country is in the deep freeze. I love that wonderful, quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Schedules are loosened, if not jettisoned. Christmas prep is done and there is a feeling of peace that even my 8-foot-high pile… Continue reading A Graduation, a Wedding and a New Patron Saint–Bring On 2018!
Dear Susan, As we publish this, I shall be celebrating Boxing Day. In our house it is not the British tradition of handing out gifts to service people, but the Kennedy tradition of playing with all the boxes our gifts came in, rather than playing with the gifts themselves. Some scissors and duct tape and… Continue reading The Queen & I
Dear Anne, I’m feeling a little guilty this Christmas. For the first time since the kids were born, I’m not sending out photo Christmas cards. It’s been a long time since my boys were cute little things posing in Christmas sweaters for the annual card picture, but through the years I’ve managed to keep up… Continue reading Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No!–Finding Jesus Amid the Tinsel and Bows