Celebrating 14 Years of Marriage at the Ivory Tower


It’s only appropriate that the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 14 years of marriage is ivory. For this year, we will be celebrating at the office together. Refuge.  Respite.  Asylum.  Escape.  My workplace. I love my job and I love being in the office. It’s quiet, cozy, warmly lit with household table lamps and often … Continue reading

Flashing the Congregation with Some Hot Cross Buns


“Hey mom, is that your wedding dress?” That’s the question I got this morning from my young daughter who has rarely seen me wear a dress. Quite simply, because I don’t like to wear dresses. Fifty years, a nine-month stint carrying a human being inside of me and several hundred varicose veins later, my pegs … Continue reading

A Golden Christmas Starring Ruffmary Clooney


I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I drove all over town shopping for a holiday dress for my daughter that matches the dog’s Christmas dress. Yes, you read that right – to match the dog’s dress. While dressing up a pet for the holidays might seem a little obsessive, there’s just something about a … Continue reading

Why Are Santalands Becoming Extinct?


Why are Santalands becoming extinct? As a kid, the highlight of the Christmas season was venturing to downtown Indianapolis to visit the Santaland at L.S. Ayres department store. My mother meticulously dressed us up, literally from head to toe.  I still have the dents in my head from sleeping in rollers to attain those Shirley Temple-like curls. … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Eve Encounter With Dave’s Mom


One of the best holiday traditions on television has been the wildly popular “Guess Mom’s Pies” segment on the Late Show with David Letterman.  The bit simply involved Letterman trying to guess what pies his mother Dorothy cooked for Thanksgiving dinner.  Dorothy was filmed from her kitchen in Indiana or she phoned into the show with the … Continue reading