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 […]

Turning Up the Dial On Crazy

Crazy is not just a song made famous by the wonderfully talented, Patsy Cline. It is also a place where some families reside. Our mother inhabited the land of crazy for as long as we can remember. In fact, she usually had the volume turned all the way up. Unless of course she had consumed […]

Playing Games With No Winners

One of the funniest things our stepmother Beatrice says is that she doesn’t play games. As Bobby Fischer was to chess, Beatrice is to mind games. She is truly the grandmaster (or grandmistress) of all game playing! Beatrice loved nothing more than getting one of us alone and talking about what was wrong with “the […]

Too Pretty to Work

When my sister and I were growing up, there was a TV show called “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” This show starred Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis and Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menniger. Bob Denver, who went on to fame and fortune as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island, played Dobie’s best friend Maynard G. Krebs. […]

Superficial mostly selfishattitudeatrocious – Mary Poppins she was not

Mary Poppins, the beloved nanny, who has seen a resurgence due to the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” was such a delightful character and everyone hoped for someone just like her to rescue them. My sister Abby and I were no different. So, with great hope, we met up with Beatrice who was our new stepmother. […]

“August: Osage County” or “July: Macon County”?

After attending the movie “August: Osage County”, I knew in my heart of hearts that I must call my sister Abby and warn her. Although I enjoyed the fine acting done by the ensemble cast, it hit a little too close to home for my comfort. I found it heartbreaking and would not allow myself […]