How can I think that time is limitless? I know it's not. I learned this early when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at a relatively young age. I was reminded of it when I lost my two best friends to the same disease. I knew it when other's close to me died; a cousin's young wife, more friends and acquaintances, and too many relatives. And, on a lighter note, I knew it when I missed that … [Read more...] about On Not Procrastinating
In a few days, I’m turning 50-something. There's no point in denying so-called aging– it’s something I wasn’t always convinced I’d be here to enjoy witness– but I can't help getting my real age number stuck in my throat when I have to actually say it. It kind of reminds me of the time in fourth grade when I was sucking on a huge sour ball in math class and accidentally swallowed it, but … [Read more...] about 50 Things I Learned in 50-Plus Years
Part Deux. You've probably figured it out by now that I went to the big reunion. I'll admit: it was tough to come to that decision. I ruminated for months. And then, naturally, I stressed out about what to pack. (But that's nothing new...I ALWAYS stress out about packing). One thing I knew for sure: I was packing my highest heels. I was so over my height issues - although I'll always remember … [Read more...] about Never Say Never: What I Learned From My High School Reunion.
PART ONE. Just last summer, I was shocked into the harsh reality of realizing just how quickly time passes. I received an invitation to my 40th high school reunion. How could it be? Was it really that long ago that I was that skinny, self-conscious girl with the tight unwrinkled skin and healthy hair-that-had-never-seen-chemicals? The one who never thought she'd be looking back years later and … [Read more...] about I’m Never Going to My High School Reunion, I Said. Never.
A few years ago, my mother mailed me a poem she'd written to me when I was approaching my teens. "I thought you'd like to have this," she scrawled across the top of the paper. I'd forgotten all about that poem until recently, when I was cleaning out my files (we're getting ready to move - more on that another time. All I can say now is that it is a MAJOR pain in the ass undertaking, not to be … [Read more...] about Every Generation Thinks the Same
Some months before my sister Lynne was turning 60, she made her birthday wishes known to me: She wanted to celebrate her big birthday in Aruba with me and my mother. The three of us hadn't been in one place for a so-called extended period of time since...I can't remember. Over the years, due to physical distance, work, raising families and general busy-ness, our times together were never … [Read more...] about Family Bonding