Recently I found myself weeping with longing for my long-deceased parents…something I didn’t do at all when they were dying. As long as my parents lived, I resented them for being in my life. While they were dying, I blamed them for leaving me. Somewhere along the way, I must have forgiven them. That’s been […]

Open Hearts

By Kim Alden Mallin

I am racing through my house, grabbing pants and shirts, underwear and socks…hoping they’ll match as I stuff them into an overnight bag. Trying to pick things that will be comfortable for hours spent in the ICU waiting room. No matter how hard I try not to, I keep imagining my dad, wearing one of […]

“Why did he get that? I didn’t get one,” I said countless times throughout my childhood. “That’s not fair.” “Life will not always be fair,” my mother would say in her oh-so-patient voice. I hated when she said that. As a child, I wanted things to be fair. All the time. Even when it didn’t […]

The Big Game

By Susan DeBow

It was one of those quiet days, the kind that allow you to catch up with time and life. After spending the previous week taking care of our 21-month-old grandson, and nearly three months of travel, we needed our bodies and minds to slow down and return to a slower rhythm. It was a late […]

Gift of Love

By Pat Solstad

When I was growing up, Mom never told me she loved me. She always seemed grumpy and didn’t often use kind or positive words when speaking to me – or at least that’s how I remember it. She was no doubt tired, raising ten rambunctious children. But, she was responsible to a fault in some […]

Speak Up Now or Forever…

By Janey Womeldorf

I heard a crackle, then the distinctive smell hit my nostrils. “You burned my hair!” she screamed. “Sorry, I thought the flame needed to be higher,” I replied, fighting the laughter about to consume me. It was back in our smoking days. My girlfriend had leaned in to the gas stove to light her cigarette, […]

“Here comes the bride, all fat and wide! Where is the groom, he’s in the bathroom,” sang my daughter and my very-soon-to-be stepdaughter. They looked absolutely adorable in their flower girl dresses. “Hey!” I said, shooting them a look in the rearview mirror. “When we get to that church and I put on my dress, […]

My cat has a present tense outlook on life. Everything is brand new, each day, each moment. In the morning, he goes outside with a joyful new-day leap, only to scratch to get in moments later. He runs to his bowl for a few bites, then meows to go out again, desperation in his voice. […]

Three Weeks to Live

By Janey Womeldorf

“The news is not good. You only have three weeks to live.” And with that, her adventure begins. She quits her department store job, cashes in her IRA savings account and flies off, first class, to pursue what she had only dared dream about. This seemingly far-fetched, but not totally unrealistic, premise is the storyline […]

A New Threshold

By Martha Wegner

Frankly, it was a little embarrassing. I was 45 years-old, and my parents were taking me on a vacation. But who was I to argue about a free trip away from the stresses of parenthood and daily life? At least we weren’t traveling in the family station wagon. This time, it was a big cruise […]

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