Caregiving: Parenting: Friendship
Dear friends who are parents, If you stop to think for a moment, I’m sure you would agree that the all-too-frequent unclaimed layer of caregiving is being a parent. This role lasts a lifetime, is intense, expensive, passionate and all heart. It’s also confusing, ambivalent, exhausting, infuriatiang, heart-breaking and one unending surprise after another. Are […]
Why Send Christmas Cards?
It’s Thanksgiving morning and I’m sitting here in blissful silence (alone but not lonely) doing the first bundle of Christmas cards. Extended family commitments have my kids occupied this Thanksgiving, and I made a vow years ago that I would never make them feel guilty when they could not get home for the holidays. So, […]
The Question of the Season: Why Write?
Oh, you thought the Season was instrinsically related to the holidays which are upon us: both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Au contraire, the Season I reference is the journey of life: the Season of aging, the Season of gaining some surprising maturity, the Season of no longer having to prove anything to yourself, your family, or […]
The Deadend Question of Caregiving
Dear Friends, Imagine a life-long caregiving situation with a child who has CP. Imagine first of all hearing the news at birth, managing all through the elementary and teen years to find schooling, then figuring out how to get this child through college, then how to find accommodating employment and finally independent housing. Imagine being […]
Withdrawal from Paris
Dear Friends and followers, Leaving Paris and reentering our normal lives is a bit like a flu shot. It is necessary but not fun. We had a totally stress-free travel day home, in fact arrived early at every juncture of the journey. To say that we are tired is an understatement, but it is an […]
Autumn or Summer? Our Assessment on Visiting Paris
Bonsoir mes amis, And now we are two. All of our company has departed, and it’s time to say farewell from Paris for 2014. This is our tenth year which is hard to believe. It has been a fast, furious stay filled with birthday memories, visits from family and friends, a river cruise, a cooking […]
More Birthday and a Little Christmas in Paris
Bonjour, We have so much to share with you today and the pictures tell the story. We had a lovely time with all the cousins yesterday as we visited the Jacquemart-Andre museum for a Perugin exhibit and lunch at the elegant tearoom, It was a first for the cousins who said, “You guys know Paris […]
B’day Lunch at L’Oiseau Blanc — Paris
Bonjour, It’s an early morning again for me as I find the best time to construct my blog post is while all of you and my guests are still asleep. It’s a rainy, cold day in Paris but lots of warm hearts around here to keep us enjoying ourselves. We greeted Pierre and Laurie Verdier […]