A tight-knit bond

I’m 56 years old. I honestly thought that I was past intensive hands-on parenting. I have found myself administering liquid pink “bubble gum” medicine, better known as amoxicillin. I have bought diapers and waterproof pads. I have been awakened nearly every morning for nearly three years by the sound of someone who wanted me toContinue reading “A tight-knit bond”

How’s your mental health these days?

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized annually in May. Where I live, May is lovely, green, and lush. In Iowa, we’re plotting, planning, and planting our gardens and pots. We still enjoy mowing the yard. The patios and parks are open and inviting with the longer days and warmer temperatures. The scents of lilac andContinue reading “How’s your mental health these days?”


My sincere thanks to Judy Singer, a sociologist and a person on the autism spectrum, who began to use this term in 1998 to describe those of us with brains that work on a different software platform than neurotypicals. Neurodivergent and neurotypical are brand-new terms to me, and maybe they are new terms to youContinue reading “Neurodivergent”

Where the sky stops and the earth begins

We are deep into winter here in Iowa and it’s been a while since we’ve seen sunshine, blue sky, or even double digit temperatures above zero. When it’s cloudy like this, the sky and the snow-covered ground are the same color and it’s hard to tell where the sky stops and the earth begins. AContinue reading “Where the sky stops and the earth begins”

Four Weeks From the Surgical Suite

When last we saw our heroine, she was in and out of awareness in the post-surgical recovery area. Our last episode ended on a note of hope, on the next stage of the journey to pain-free walking. Truthfully, gentle reader, our heroine felt like she had been blindsided by a truck. When I started toContinue reading “Four Weeks From the Surgical Suite”

“Thank you for welcoming us into your homes”

Like many of you, watching television news is a solid staple in my daily life. Those of us of a certain age will remember growing up with Uncle Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Chet Huntley, Robert Brinkley, John Chancellor, Harry Reasoner, Barbara Walters, and Tom Brokaw, who just announced his retirement after a renowned 55 yearContinue reading ““Thank you for welcoming us into your homes””