On a recent sunny day, I went to the drive-through carwash to clean the dust off my Prius. I pulled up to the gate and rolled down my window to put in my preference and pay. Touch screen to begin, said the instructions. I touched the screen, and nothing happened. So I touched it a… Continue reading Getting Old
My aunt Beth passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of September 14th, after slowly getting weaker and weaker from the lung cancer that she knew would take her life. Early on she had asked me to speak at her memorial service and the following are the remarks I gave at Milford… Continue reading Memorial for Beth Austell
About a year ago I was diagnosed with the beginning of osteoporosis, which made me feel old and brittle and worried about getting a humpback. My mother fell and broke her hip while putting up Christmas decorations when she was younger than I am now and suffered from it for the rest of her life.… Continue reading How strong are you?
We're all hiding something. I have been thinking about this ever since our tree man was out a few weeks ago to take away yet another of our big old trees, this one a giant walnut that was uprooted during a bad storm. "That big walnut came down because it was weak on the inside,"… Continue reading Covering Up
My mother-in-law Bobbie loved to tell the story of the time Keith gave her a Mother's Day card that said, "To someone who has been like a mother to me." She would throw back her head and roar with laughter, because it was so like him to run into the store and grab the first… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day Bobbie