It’s been 3 months since I pulled into the driveway after a morning of playing tennis. My phone rang just as I put the car in park. My brother Jon was on the other end of the line. “Hi”, he said, “there’s no easy way to say this so I’ll just get right to it.…

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We’re going to have a wedding! My oldest daughter and her boyfriend got engaged on Friday. When Matt called us a month ago to let us know he was going to propose, I cried. “She’s the one” he told us. I was sworn to secrecy and its officially been the longest month of my life.…

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I had no intention of a “Part 2” to the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago, until I  visited Mom again, kind of spur of the moment, a few days ago. As explained, visiting Mom means walking Lola, her Golden Doodle. I had this amazing experience on the final day of my last…

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I was on the phone with my oldest daughter on the evening of her birthday shortly after we had moved into a new (to us) home. It was a very exciting time. It’s a long story, but this was OUR home, as in, we now had our OWN mortgage. I have never been so happy…

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My mom owns a Golden-Doodle named Lola. Lola and I have a rocky relationship. To begin with, I’ll be honest,  I’m not crazy about dogs and also, because my mom bought Lola about a week before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I associate her existence with that painful time. Many of us in the…

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One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Mary Chapin Carpenter. I’ve been hooked since her 1992 hit “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”. There’s always a line or two in each of her songs that makes me either laugh or cry. The lines in that song that always made me cry: “For 15 years she had a…

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