Tag: family

Christmas dog

Ready or Not, Here it Comes

No matter how much I dread it, Christmas comes every year, like it or not. For years as a child, I was sick every Christmas. I recall coughing all night every night for weeks before the holiday and a while after. My asthma made me cough continuously, and […]

black-tailed prairie dogs

Last Stand on the Prairie

Prairie dogs have a language all their own. They’re not really dogs, they are really part of the marmot family, but they bark and yip like dogs, which is how they got their name. Sophisticated research has found their language to be quite complex, as you can learn […]

orange cat, tulips

Weirdest Wedding Vow Renewal Ever

A couple of months ago, my husband, four children, pseudo-daughter-in-law, and I were playing The Voting Game.*  We had to vote for the person in the game that fit the card presented for each round. For example, I was voted by all six other players to be someone […]

sunset in the mountains

When Past and Present Collide

I was quite sad this afternoon and wondered where all this emotion was coming from. I recalled a poem that I read probably 30 years ago, but it called to me so clearly, that I have never forgotten.  I know you thought I cried too long. … It’s […]

dog with toy

Need a Thumb and Blankie?

Linus has the right idea. When things are tough, we all want a soft blanket and a thumb. When I was a child, I didn’t have a blanket to carry. I had some small cloth dolls that fell apart in a few years. I had a revolving door […]

palm trees

Diamond in the Rough

Disney and Hallmark are ruining our children. They peddle a point of view that romance is love. Romance is often theatrics and show-boating, not necessarily love. One of my daughters is a bit of a romantic. I was confused when I first heard her questions about how my […]

Christmas tree

Generosity of Spirit

The holidays strike a chord with me, but I can’t say it’s always harmonious. I have a lot of resistance to the commercial aspect of the holidays, the secular Santa Clause, and the customs that some people are quite devoted to that I am not. I hate shopping […]

colorado, autumn

Part of the Solution or the Problem?

When my father was diagnosed with leukemia, we could have denied his illness, kept a happy face, and asked him to take endless rounds of chemotherapy that made life increasingly more difficult to endure. Instead, we accepted that the illness and the treatment were equally difficult to handle. […]