June 30, 2019

Millie Goich, wearing her Bicentennial red, white & blue dress, standing behind the $10,000-filled "Q Crystal Ball" the day she picked up her winnings. Upon seeing the giant ball full of money, Millie exclaimed, "Christ! Do I have to take that thing home with me?!? How...

June 8, 2019

I don’t remember ever being brave. But there was a sliver of time in my life where my fear for the unknown decided to nap for a few years, which allowed me to experience the world in a way I never would have had my trepidation for living not been in hibernation.

This wa...

May 15, 2019

The waves slapped the side of the ship as the ramp to the tender bounced and creaked. We stepped onto the smaller boat, single file, our day bags in hand filled with sunscreen, beach towels, snacks and magazines. I had waited for this day for over two decades. The othe...

April 22, 2019

I pulled the aluminum woven folding chair out of the shade and into the sun, positioning myself just under the bow of the branches of the orange tree. The friction of hollow metal against concrete instantly took me back to my mom and dad and their patio in Michigan in...

March 22, 2019

Dear Olivia Jade,

I’ve been thinking a lot about your future (well, in between my own problems and work and life and responsibilities). I realize that the punishment you have received because of your parents’ misdeeds has totally thrown you off course. Like…BIG TIME. I...

February 23, 2019

How could someone commit to a 1000 sq. ft. roll of aluminum foil from Costco knowing that their life would never outlive it?

As I tore off a piece to line the cookie sheet to make a half a bag of pizza rolls that night, I noted the date as I always do when I pay homage...

August 21, 2018

I haven’t stopped eating since December 11, 2011. I tried. But every attempt at any sort of control was futile.

A potato chip to nip the truth. A French fry to mute a cry. And anything covered in chocolate (and I don’t even really like chocolate) to just push down even...

June 24, 2018

It always starts with this question from my husband:

“Should we have a yard sale?”

My eye begins to twitch. My shoulders start to tighten. My mouth becomes dry. I feel a pain in my lower back – some sort of muscle memory, I’m sure – as thoughts of yard sales past start f...

June 1, 2018

You can’t nullify your personal history. We’re not better for it. An employer is not better for it. The world is not better for it. And if anyone asks you to diminish your accomplishments and to make yourself smaller so that you won’t show your age or experience, give...

May 12, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. You know the time. When you round the corner in your favorite department store to see the winter coat displays replaced with bathing suits. At first the sight sparks the joy of, “Yay! Summer’s coming!” Sunshine and picnics. Boat rides...

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