Category Archives: Family

A sampler of the potatoes of Mum’s life and love

This Mother’s Day has me remembering how hard my mother worked to feed us. She showed us love every day with her potato cooking skills.

Do you have what it takes to show empathy to a sick husband?

When I was sick for several weeks, my husband showed me extreme empathy. Was I able to return the favor? I reveal all in this humor essay.

It’s been four years and I’m finally able to write about losing my sister

It has been 4 years since I lost my sister Linda and I haven’t written about her until now. It is an appropriate season to break my writing silence about her since she loved the holidays.

Maine men abandon wives, save marriages

An interesting thing happens in Maine every November. Men abandon their wives by the thousands. They think they are going deer hunting but they are actually contributing to the longevity of their marriages.

Rise and shine, it is potato picking time!

It’s my birthday and I’m thinking about my roots today, which includes picking root vegetables in Aroostook County.

The surprising birth of a lasting love

Patrick and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. How did it all begin? I credit Jay Leno and the YMCA

Remembering Aunt Amber’s lesson on forgiveness

My Aunt Amber taught me a great deal about being independent, tough, resilient and kind. And one of the best lessons she taught me came through an experience I had with her African violet. Growing up on a farm meant not much time or money for vacations, so it was momentous when Dad declared he’d […]

Dear Mom, Having a wonderful time, wish you were here

Dear Mom, Another Mother’s Day has come and gone, and I still can’t believe I couldn’t hug and kiss you, give you a mushy card, and a box of Godiva’s. You know the tradition in the church on Mother’s Day, when they pass out pink carnations to women who still have a living mother, and white to […]

Deep cleaning: is that even a thing?

Our son, James, has shown some disturbing qualities, and I blame my husband, Patrick, who has been his stepfather since 1991. Let me explain. The other day we were talking with James, and he mentioned that he and his wife were hiring someone to do some ‘deep cleaning’ for them. My reaction was, “Deep cleaning? […]

Who was Erma Bombeck and why does she still matter?

When I started writing my blog, I found it particularly difficult to compose my bio. I wanted to say that my writings were the love child of Erma Bombeck and Jerry Seinfeld. But I felt too presumptuous putting anything I wrote in the same league as Erma Bombeck. Following the example of my blogging friend Roxanne […]