July 4th is Independence day in the U.S.  We celebrate the victory of the early founders of our nation in their struggle for liberty, peace and freedom.  It is a noble and honorable commemoration of their valor and courage.  Plus, the fireworks are spectacular. If one is to believe that independence is a worthy state […]

What Moms Do

Several weeks ago I noticed a couple of robins defending a nest in the scrub oak behind my house.  They were being tormented by two scrub jays who seemed intent on ruining the domestic ambitions of the robins.  I surmised that the jays had helped themselves to the robin’s eggs.  Part of the whole “mother […]

Eyes wide open

It is annoying to find yourself awake at odd hours when you know you have a full day waiting, which by the way, comes with the expectation that you show up with an ability to think and participate with others.  There should be no mystery involved when it comes to getting to sleep and staying […]


Where do I go to hide from MS?  Is there a place I can just hang out for a day or two and not be reminded that I have this spectre of physical impairment following me around? Lately I feel drained and really tired towards the end of a day.  In the morning I have […]


“But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone]In proving foresight may be vain:The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ menGang aft a-gley, [often go awry]An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,For promised joy. ”  –Robert Burns Who planned for their life to this point in time?  If you had asked me when […]


My cooktop and I have a complicated relationship.  I do tend to develop a certain bond with my appliances which falls just short of giving them all names.  They speak to me in ways that are difficult to explain.  So I will not try.  However, my cooktop and I are working out our differences and […]