find their way

Just turn on the power and everything is all set, she told me. You don’t need to change a thing - I have it on the correct setting and volume, she told me. If it’s not turned on, she said, he won't sleep and will be distracted by the children playing outside. I was babysitting... Continue Reading →

build a bridge

Trying to wing the toast at my son’s wedding last May was a horrible idea. Once I had the microphone and looked out at that historic, lakefront ballroom full of cherished family and friends, I felt an uncomfortable lump forming in my throat. When I turned to address the bride and groom, the swelling mysteriously... Continue Reading →

one single word

What was going on? Yes, they lost the game and I knew he was extremely disappointed, but this sophomore in high school and quarterback of the football team was not one to cry in public. I was working the concession stand, selling snacks and laughing with other parents and the abundance of those that always... Continue Reading →

the true you

I sat poolside in this Mexican resort town and noticed a tingling clearness in my head and my breathing start to slow down and get deeper. It felt like a watch that had been ticking too fast, suddenly being reset to the correct tempo - an invisible rebooting of my soul. I recently heard the... Continue Reading →

a chain reaction

No sooner had the words come rushing out of my mouth that I saw a single, fat tear roll down her cheek.  My heart pounded as she looked at me with skeptical eyes. A few months ago, I had been in this same shoe store and noticed that the young woman working seemed very upset.... Continue Reading →

the dash that is our life

Yesterday, I visited the cemetery where my dad was laid to rest in 1985.  I hadn't planned to stop there, but construction and a wrong turn after dropping my mom at the airport led me on an adventure through the city of Chicago, and then to the highway that passed his exit. I settled in... Continue Reading →

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