Dinner at Aunt Millie’s

  Am I the only one with table setting nostalgia? As the holidays near and I start to think about holiday meals, menus and table décor, I also think back to the holiday meals of my childhood and adolescence.  Dinners at Aunt Millie’s— not just holiday meals but anytime meals—stand out so vividly that I […]

Father of the Bride, Unsung Hero

DADDY’S SONG I’ve done an awful lot of chatting in this blog about the upcoming wedding of our daughter, my dress, my emotions, decorating, the shower and female-related doings. What about my husband of almost 30 years, Charlie? A STRONG AND SILENT MAN Charlie, a quietly loving and diplomatic man, is the literal glue that […]

Here Comes the MOB Mother of the Bride

Someone please call the paramedics or get me a Valium IV. I’m the mother of the bride!!! I have only recently come to this revelation and with it, my role to play in the wedding day. As referenced in the bridal shower chapter of this blog, we are coming up on the wedding sooner than I […]

Remembrance of Summers Past

I started writing this blog about five years ago when I suddenly realized that I was much wiser than everyone else.  I attributed this wisdom to the fact that I was in the second half of life and had therefore acquired a perspective on absolutely everything that one can have only after acquiring “a history.” […]

A Crusty Old Broad

“Crusty Old Broad” I’m using this term with endearment. My fond memories of my mother, who passed at age 88, always bring a smile to my face. Mom was a character but always in a very sweet way. She would say the most outlandish things but with that little smile on her face, a twinkle […]

Mother of the Bridal Shower

We aren’t building our dream house, but we are redecorating.  I use the term very loosely.  We are renovating madly. Our only child, our beloved daughter, is having her bridal shower here and I have become Muriel Blandings. So far, I have had my husband Charlie move all of the living room furniture three times, […]

The Women’s Movement: Did It Work?

Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and the women’s movement made a huge difference in this country.  Many of us are old enough to remember a time when Harvard and Yale were for men only, when women were turned down for jobs because of their gender, when there was no “equal pay for equal work,” and no […]

Not All Giants Are Jolly

“When you’re six feet tall in a 5’6” world, there’s no hiding place for you—you’re a FREAK…  Longing in vain to be loved but always rejected because you’re TOO TALL TO LOVE.” I’m glad I didn’t come upon this comic strip when it first appeared in 1972.  A freak?  Different in a way no girl […]

Get My Point?

My six-year old grandson shares this with me but I wonder if anyone else does.   I prefer to use pencils.   I still remember the butterflies in my stomach that first day of school (100+ years ago!) when I left my mother’s safety net and walked apprehensively into that great big building.  There on […]

Remembrance of School Clothes Past

“I have enough clothes and shoes and I never need to go shopping again,” said no girl, ever.     —Anonymous I heard a school bus pass by the other morning. Now, my child is grown, but there’s something about that sound that acts like the starting bell at the Kentucky Derby.  It’s a visceral urge […]