“Think Your Parents Were Tough?”

“Memories of a Milltown Girl”  “Think Your Parents Were Tough?”               Think again… The lives of kids of a town principal and the town’s ministers are equally challenging. Since the parents are expected to set a high standard for the community, their kids are expected to be the embodiment of that standard. Water balloons out the […]

But Does He Really Have Alzheimer’s?

 But Does He Really Have Alzheimer’s?  It’s a confounding disease—Alzheimer’s. And no 2 people get this disease the same way. Sometimes, his illness is very obvious, showing up as serious cognitive problems, but at other times, my partner can be amazingly “on,” as in witty, fun, engaging. The disease, at times, makes me wonder about my […]

MRE’s—We Had Them      

 MRE’s—We Had Them        We’re all reading about the Meals-Ready-to-Eat that have been found in abandoned tanks and vehicles of the great column of war machines that some Russian soldiers have left in the wake of their escape, along Ukraine’s highways. Many had the expiration date of 2002. It speaks to a poorly-prepared and outfitted […]

Sometimes, the Grass is Greener

Sometimes, the Grass is Greener  Every once in a while it hits me:  I’m the only one of my family who stayed in Rhode Island…stayed for my lifetime. My 3 siblings left long ago. Most of my reason for staying is simply due to life circumstances: At 25, I married here…had my first child here…got […]