The Power of Humor


I have a confession to make.  I lost my funny. Losing my funny has much more significance than losing a shoe, losing a championship game or even losing one’s virginity. It was a gradual thing. Never-ending stories of bad things happening to good people can muffle the soul. Add career changes, a non-ending Polar Vortex … Continue reading

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

Behold The Superpower of the Father-Daughter Bond


After years of being the top nurturer, playmate, errand co-pilot and snuggler to our little person of Earth, Supermom has been overtaken. The weapon is more powerful than kryptonite or a magic lasso. Few would ever suspect that an unassuming dad who is regularly dressed in a business suit and loafers or a t-shirt and … Continue reading

The Godfather Gardner


“Hey honey, let me show you how much I love you by placing this Deadly Nightshade behind your ear.” That was the message when my better-half made a romantic gesture by putting what he thought was a lilac in my hair.  Only the lilac turned out to be a poisonous weed named Atropa Belladonna from … 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

Orthotics, The Other Glass Slipper


“I didn’t marry you for your feet.” Obviously, that quote is attributed to a breast man or an ass man. Let’s just say that New York Jet’s coach, Rex Ryan would not have asked for my hand, or rather my foot in marriage. Fred Flintstone feet is the most popular keyword phrase generating search engine … Continue reading