They lead such boring lives….

Dad used to tell us that one of the nice things about having such colorful characters (code words for insane whackos) in our lives was that it was not boring. He was sure right about that! From two mothers who had issues, to relatives that led colorful and sometimes criminal lives, the people in our […]

It’s a Little Too Late To Do the Right Thing Now

Listening to tunes on the radio often brings inspiration for story telling. After all, isn’t that what most songs are? A particular title has been hovering and buzzing around in my head and it is just seems right to tell the tale now. Mother had difficulty in parenting, people skills, work skills and just about […]

Write the Little Story

As my dear sister Abby and I have been sharing our memories, each one seems to spark another story. And so it seems that although each vignette may be just a little story, if one puts them altogether, they become a mighty blend of our lives. I have been the lucky one in many ways. […]

Wishy Washy?

One of the things about our mother was you would never say she was wishy washy. No way! You knew exactly what she was thinking because she was born without a filter. And just like a car without a filter, she was loud and obnoxious. Mother’s mouth was open and if she wasn’t eating, drinking […]

It’s Complicated

Life is complicated. An understatement when you have been through the wringer of dysfunction in your family. First came our mother Mary with her myriad of troubles, a troubled past, a troubled present and a boatload of “troubles”. Mental problems aggravated by alcohol abuse, pill popping, food addiction and refusing to accept responsibility just to […]

What Is A Family?

After finding a wonderful definition of family, it caused me to ponder exactly what connects us. Is it just blood that makes us a family? Or is it something deeper and often more meaningful? The definition I found is: family 1.  one of life’s greatest blessings 2.  a group of individuals living under one roof: […]