My parents are moving in with us in a few weeks. We’ve been planning it for months, but things didn’t really get rolling until after Christmas, when Mom and Dad … Continue reading Nesting
I’ve been silent for a while, I’m not sure why. I took a few missteps with my writing, and I guess I needed to walk away from it for a … Continue reading Clean Slate
I took about a month off from Facebook this summer. It seems social media in general, and Facebook in particular, has degraded into a steady stream of political rants, airing … Continue reading Unplugged
I started this blog over two years ago, and it never occurred to me to explain the name until today. So, why “my sweet old etcetera”? The short answer is … Continue reading Why “my sweet old etcetera”?
Dear Tom, Do you remember the glass relish tray you gave to Paul and me as a wedding gift? It’s a large oval platter, divided into four sections, each separated … Continue reading Funeral for a Friend
When I was a kid, I loved spending time with my dad in his workshop. We had one of those big metal sheds that were in everyone’s backyards in the … Continue reading Time with Dad: The Workshop
As I was driving Anna home from William and Mary yesterday, we started singing that children’s song about Michael Finnigan (the guy who had whiskers on his chin-igan) – don’t … Continue reading Don’t Forget
There’s nothing I can write about the horrific acts of terrorism in Paris that hasn’t already been expressed. The news reports leave me sickened and angry and numb all at … Continue reading Kindness
Yesterday was a dark, rainy kind of day, perfect for my hermit tendencies. I had to conduct an interview via conference call, which allowed me the luxury of working in … Continue reading Move
I can’t bear to look at Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. I hate that retailers go directly from Halloween to Christmas without any acknowledgement of Thanksgiving at all. Granted, there isn’t … Continue reading Not Yet!