When I Am Rich

When I am rich, I will... have a housekeeper, buy hardcover books, volunteer at the kids' schools, get manicures and pedicures every two weeks, go back to school, own a house with a small yard, go on vacation, have a craft room, have a swimming pool, become a librarian, have another baby, get a big dog, exercise every day, sponsor an artist, give money to PBS and … [Read more...]

Widow Wednesday: Complicated Questions

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~ Theodore Seuss Geisel I found that quote months ago; it hit me hard and I haven't been able to shake it. I've been thinking of it constantly for 6 months. There has been a hard question hanging over me for a long time. Almost seven years, in fact. It's not a question that anyone else has asked, and I don't think it's … [Read more...]

Great Expectations

I am cross-posting this entry from my new friend, Greta's, blog. Greta has created a wonderful blog series of guest posts called Great Expectations. You should go read them, the women who have posted are fascinating and so very diverse. I was honored when Greta asked me to contribute, and the following post was published on her blog last week. My Great Expectations... I had it all planned … [Read more...]

Widow Wednesday: What Did You Say?

My amazing friend Robin recently ran with the Widow version of "S%*t People Say" meme. She put a call out to her widow friends to gather the (mostly) well-meaning things that people say to widows and came up with this hysterical (maybe just to widows?) video: I heard most, if not all, of these and one point or another. Most of the time, people were really trying to be thoughtful. Or at … [Read more...]

Widow Wednesday: Giving Up Hope

Several months ago, when I was dropping the kids off at my Grandmother's house, my attention was caught by a story on the TODAY show. The story was about a person who had woken from a coma.  I tend to notice all of those stories, but then this had the phrase I hate. The patient woke up when, "the family was just about to give up hope". This isn't just a pet peeve. This phrase cuts me to the … [Read more...]