Walking in Their Shoes

I haven’t written much about my mother since she died from the effects of age and dementia almost two years ago. I think of her often, but once in awhile I come across something that reminds me of her terrible disease and what we went through together as her mind and health failed. Actor Zach Ward, whom I follow on Twitter, recently posted the following: “Today with Dad broke my heart. I am so sad & angry I want toRead more

SoCS: The Unexpected

I’ve spent a lot of money in the last ten months. A new comfy mattress – planned A sick cat, lots of trips to the vet, canned food, holistic supplements – unplanned A sore foot due to plantar fasciitis, which meant new shoes, inserts, trips to the chiropractor, doctor and massage therapist – unplanned New tires for the SUV – required for Wisconsin winters and the faux spring of 2018 New eyeglasses – cuz everything looked this small with theRead more

The Almost Perfect Leader

Tuesday will come with many mixed emotions. My boss, Rose, is retiring after 33 years as a public employee. I’ve worked with her for 16 of those years, through many changes in our work and personal lives. I’m happy for her, but sad for myself…for the loss of someone who inspired me in so many ways. She is the Almost Perfect Leader. “Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.”  ― Debasish Mridha My boss is theRead more

Bag Lady

I co-exist with a bag lady. She loves bags. Her favorite is a black-striped DSW bag. It’s the bag of preference, the one that feels just right. Guess where I’ll be buying shoes from now on? She’s a funny bag lady, preferring to lay on top of the stripes, rather than inside. Once in a while, she’ll go in. For grins and giggles. There are moments in time when she’ll roll over and “play dead.” Natasha yells, “Someone shot your cat!”Read more

Choices & Oreos

The Window… Do you mull over its smallness and your inability to see more than a small piece of the sky and a tree branch? Or do you view it as a window that opens to the rest of your world – to flowers, the ocean, the concert hall or the bag of Oreos on your grocery store shelf? The Opening… Are you focused only on walking through to get to the other side so you can find the restroom?Read more