Beatrice: The Stay at Home Mom

My sisters Lindy and Sissy, along with my brother Kevin and I have had to stick together because our mother Mary and our stepmother Beatrice were not always (wait, make that were not ever) the nurturing, supportive, loving type of mothers. Eight years ago, Sissy lost her beloved husband Don who died of cancer. I […]

Cleaning out the Refrigerator

Today, I was cleaning out my refrigerator and I was carefully checking all the expiration dates.  As you may remember from reading the blog, Mary (my mother) was not too careful about food dates.  Actually saying she wasn’t very careful is like saying Miss Piggy doesn’t pay too much attention to fashion.  It’s quite an […]

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: […]

“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 […]

“It’s Coming at Me From All Directions”

To say our stepmother Beatrice was an enigma would be an understatement. The first time my sister and I met her was in a restaurant prior to her marriage to our father, and she could not have been more charming. Her hair was arranged in a cute short bob and her make-up and clothing were […]

The Red Christmas Dishes

The other day I mentioned to my sister Lindy how sad I was that we did not have some of the Christmas things from our childhood that I liked. When Lindy and I were growing up, our mother had some lovely Christmas ornaments including a large blue glass ornament with the words, “It Came Upon a Midnight […]