A New Life

A New Life

What’s a new life, and how do you get one? So many people have been saying to me recently, enjoy your new life; but if I have a new life, it’s news to me. I keep looking for the landmarks of change and missing them. Either because I don’t know what I’m looking for or… Continue Reading

Community

Community

“It’s a what?” I wasn’t hard of hearing in my late 40s; I was just thrown by the new term “A Gated Community,” my husband announced, articulating slowly for my edification. “Why?” I asked. Placed in the heart of 450 acres of undeveloped forest, a gate seemed the height of redundancy. The one I was looking… Continue Reading

Holding My Own

Holding My Own

Oh my God, what am I going to do?  I shot up in bed in a cold sweat; not comforting at 3:30 a.m. when you have early appointments the next day. Reassured by my IPhone that it was not yet the accepted time for rising, I forced myself to lie back on my pillow faking… Continue Reading

Giving Up

Giving Up

My friend’s smug self-satisfaction gave her the look of Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat. “I’m giving up peanut butter for lent,” she said. I shot back, “how stupid,” before I could stop myself. “Why?” “Because it’s lent!” My blank expression gave me away. “You’re not religious enough to understand,” she said. I assumed she must be… Continue Reading

Magic Mirror

Magic Mirror

“Magic Mirror on the wall…” No need to go further. We all know what comes next. That iconic query leveled at a looking glass by the jealous queen in Snow White started all the troubles to come. The queen didn’t get the answer she expected; the one she’d convinced herself she’d hear. Instead it told… Continue Reading