Sweet Orange Memories

The day was overcast and rainy. Mom drove north to Maine, rather than driving south from New Hampshire toward home, because she just needed to see the ocean. Walking into the sand, she hung her bag on the tree that stood on the rocky edge of the beach.    Like this photograph, there’s not much to the story.…

My 3-Panel Picture of Friendship

Friendship.  I’ve spent the better part of this week thinking about that word, and I’ve discovered that for me, it brings up 3 very distinct lines of thought.    On Intimate Strangers I used to say I was an extroverted introvert. A social butterfly who’d rather be, and sometimes is, a fly on the wall.    In…

Revisiting Conscious Coupling

  I originally published this piece about a year ago, not long after Gwyneth Paltrow & her husband Chris Martin had just announced their separation. Only they were calling it a Conscious Uncoupling. This got an awful lot of press for being a very unusual and new-agey sounding way to say “we are divorcing”.   …

How I Became A Grown Up

Flying across the Atlantic the other night I found the movie Wish I Was Here, written by Adam & Zachary Braff. Zach Braff also plays the lead. About 35 minutes into the film I paused it, and the following flowed out.  Do you want to know when you really become a grown up? It’s when you…

Sometimes the Best we can do is Muddle Through

It never fails to hit me in the feels. Judy Garland sings “Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow (I try to hold on as my throat tightens). Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow (My eyes well with tears), so have yourself a merry little Christmas now (And I’m crying).” Tears of…

How River Brought Me a Sister

A few days ago I posted Robert Downey Jr.’s version of River as my #SundaySong on my Facebook page. While the song is very important to me, I focused more on how his version is gut-wrenchingly beautiful, & the video I picked is fantastic eye-candy.  I want to expand on the significance River holds for me,…