Disciplined in a good way and a not so good way

Dad was very disciplined in his life. He loved his work as an attorney and was not only diligent but also excelled at his profession. He was up early, off to his office, stayed late and set an example for us to follow. His personal life was also disciplined. Dad ate healthy, drank in moderation […]

Serenity Now!

Our mother loved, loved, loved The Serenity Prayer. The Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by twentieth century American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The prayer has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The best-known form is: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, […]

The Hunger Games

As a teenager, I enjoyed spending as much time as possible in the Bookmobile. Mother, on the other hand, loved window shopping. She could spend hours slowly perusing each window in our downtown stores. If she took a fancy to something, she might venture in but not always. To me it was a total and […]

Old School Is Cool

You might say that Dad, my sister and I were definitely “old school”. This term is thrown around today instead of using old fashioned. But we grew up to understand the term “old school” as not outdated, rather we learned from Dad that it meant have a longer-term point of view that was consistent, fair, […]

The Original Spice Girl

Our mother was no stranger to spicing things up. She fancied herself quite the gourmand.  She loved to eat, but did so without an audience. Thus the term sneak eater would define her style. She also loved spicy food.  If a little cayenne was in the recipe, she would add three times the amount. Abby […]


Mother had so many compulsions that before obsessive compulsive disorder was a recognized diagnosis, she shared many of the traits. She would obsess about a certain food she had never had and would talk about it non-stop until she acquired and consumed it. Or about a book that she had to have that very second […]