They’re Shooting at Our Regiment Now

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They’re shooting at our regiment now.” I read the quote above and put down the New York Times, the gallows humor too profound to ignore. The article by Mark Epstein was quoting a friend whose contemporaries were dying. Mine are, too. At an alarming rate. My Christmas card list this year showed a disturbing number

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Posted on July 11th 2014 in Death, Life, Politics

A Few Thoughts on Mother’s Day

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I had a very hard time with my Mother, her words mostly wounding, her anger terrifying. It was my father’s kind and loving heart that saved my childhood and my spirit. So when Mother’s Day comes round a tug of war ensues. I feel my heart segue-ing not to  memories of my own childhood but

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Family, Life, Love, Sorrow, Women

Living at the Speed of Light

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Remember when the speed of life and the speed of light were not identical? Remember screened-in porches meant for sitting and talking or just thinking long thoughts about life?  Remember garden swings, sweet summer afternoons wandering a meadow, picking apples in the fall, a Christmas tree you’d trekked through snow to find and then helped

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Posted on April 26th 2014 in Life

Timing is Everything

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Do the people you love own certain times of your day – stalwart custodians of some magical clock? I never meet a day or a coffee pot without remembering the sound of my father’s voice in the early morning.  I see him standing by the coffee pot, his greeting optimistic as dawn, cup in hand

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Posted on April 12th 2014 in Death, Life

Chinese Sexual Secrets So Secret, Nobody Knows They’re There

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Western women never reach higher than the 5th level of orgasm,” my Chinese Medicine teacher told me.  As he was both a Master Martial Artist and an MD as well as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I thought I’d better pay attention.  “In China, the ninth level would be considered minimal expectation.  One thousand strokes

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Posted on March 28th 2014 in Health, Life, Love, Martial Arts, Women

A Shared History

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Shared history has immense power.  I didn’t know how much until my divorce.  It wasn’t only my future dreams that vanished with my husband, but the comfort of shared history that had been far more a source of strength for me than I’d realized.  We were the same age, so we shared the same jargon,

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Posted on March 14th 2014 in Life, Love

Now My Hair Needs a Plastic Surgeon, Too? You’ve Got to Be Kidding

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I admit it.  I loved my hair.  All those wild red Irish tresses were as much my signature as the freckles that went with them.  By age 30 I knew I’d never let my hair go grey, red was too much part of me. What I didn’t know then was that color would be the

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Posted on February 14th 2014 in Beauty, Health, Life, Women

A Thought for the New Year

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I’d like to offer you a profound and provocative poem, with which to start this portentous New Year … this one is shaping up to be a year  of both spiritual and political drama far beyond the norm. The world is more volatile than ever now…as if there’s an energy explosion in progress, bubbling up

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Posted on December 31st 2013 in Life, Poetry

I Love My Dog

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I’m in love with my dog.  There’s really no other way to express it.  He’s a former pound-puppy, rescued from the Humane Society at 5 months, now grown to 120 pounds of pure, unadulterated love and devotion. When Dakota went off to college five years ago, and my nest was disturbingly empty for the first

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Posted on December 21st 2013 in Family, Life, Love

What Would Jesus Do About the Catholic Church?

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I was raised an Irish Catholic.  6 a.m. Mass most mornings, Novenas every Tuesday night, First Fridays every month and as many rosaries as could be squeezed in between.  To say nothing of choir practice for the Sunday Mass. I was taught by the long-suffering nuns and was usually their chosen debater to be sent

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Posted on February 8th 2013 in Faith, Life, Politics, Religion

Forever Young

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It’s who we are.  On the Inside .  Untouched by time or infirmity. Untrammeled by sorrows and losses and terrible truths. Unfettered by the vulnerability of old age or the fear of oblivion. Inside we are  forever young. 

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Posted on February 2nd 2013 in Happiness, Life, Loving Life

When Your Inside Doesn’t Match Your Outside Anymore

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A snapshot can do it… a store window reflection…  a chance remark by a friend.  It’s the moment you realize you’re not young anymore.  You’re not old either, thank the Lord, just – you know, not young.  You don’t feel any different on the inside.  But your inside doesn’t match your outside the way it

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Posted on February 2nd 2013 in Life, Loving Life, Women

The Family Plot

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It occurred to me today, as I found myself standing in the middle of the family plot talking to the people I love who are no longer with me except in spirit and memory, that anyone not Irish might  consider it odd to find comfort in a cemetery.  Yet, I always do. I’d gone there

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Posted on January 12th 2013 in Death, Family, Life, Sorrow

My Alone Time with the Tree

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5:00 a.m. It’s just me and the tree.  The house is quiet.  Nobody else loves the morning as I do, since my father’s gone.  There’s snow on the ground and sleet has turned the trees outside to fairyland, ice palaces crisscrossing my front yard, transforming the winter-blue light into a magical dreamscape. I throw a

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Posted on January 4th 2013 in Family, Life

A Christmas Story

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Love manifests in the strangest ways.  Just like courage. And understanding. Sometimes it sneaks up on you and you don’t realize how great a gift it is or how much self-sacrifice was required of the giver. Until later, much later in the game of life, when you’ve grown old enough to know that nothing is

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Posted on December 16th 2012 in Family, Life, Women
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