OCEAN VUONG

OCEAN VUONG

Listening to NPR a couple days back I heard a caller refer to an author whose first name was ‘Ocean’. The cellphone coverage was spotty but I heard the words ‘Earth’ and ‘Gorgeous’. I sat (figuratively) on the edge of my seat (I was driving at the time) but the...
SWEET SIXTEEN

SWEET SIXTEEN

Last Friday my husband Peter and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary. No doubt he’d quip, “Only sixteen? Seems like sixty…”, for me (and him…right honey?) the time has flown. We tend to take adventures on our anniversary. This year Peter was the planner. We started...
THERE’S HOPE

THERE’S HOPE

I do wonder over the wonders of this world.  How is it one person can embody so much at such a young age? Watching 60 Minutes a couple weeks back I was reminded of one such soul. A young girl named Alma Deutscher.  In the interview her dad, an amateur musician, said...
GIFT BEYOND COMPARE

GIFT BEYOND COMPARE

Yesterday I experienced a gold medal Gramma adventure – gift beyond compare. With an open sky and day, for youngest was venturing from brass camp at Boston College to overnight with brother’s family in Jamaica Plain, I strapped kayak to car roof, heading south....
WELL WORTH THE EFFORT

WELL WORTH THE EFFORT

Step parenting has felt complex. It’s a multi-faceted experience – not only being one – but being mom to ones who have one. Myriad feelings cascade through different circumstances during different times of life. I’m resolved that, though step parenting is...
FIRST DISCOVERY TIME

FIRST DISCOVERY TIME

My granddaughter told me either she has an app, or a special youtube address – or one of those myriad Internet configurations – that plays only memes. She relayed one to me yesterday that, as a stodgy elder, I felt mildly disgruntled by (and told her so), but it...