Thursday, 19 October 2017

 

 "The Road Back to Hell"

 This is the bittersweet story of growing up in an extremely dysfunctional home in the 1950's and 1960's. As the oldest child of my biological mother, Bonnie, and my adoptive father, Stew, I was the only daughter who benefited from the strong love my parents shared during the early years of their marriage. Shortly after the birth of my first sibling, Judy, their marriage started to crumble.  

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Friday, 13 October 2017 00:10

Annual Mammograms Can Saves Lives!

This month I am sharing stories about women dealing with breast cancer. Last week, I shared the poignant story about my friend Pam Cook. This week I am sharing my story and that of another friend, Kay Dracup. I went to school with Kay and our friendship was renewed when she read my memoir and reached out to me. Through our correspondence, we learned that we experienced many of the same things while growing up. Her recently diagnosed breast cancer was very much like mine. When I requested stories from other breast cancer survivors, she immediately responded. I have always…
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:36

On the Wings of Angels

"On the Wings of Angels" This story is about a very special person, my friend Pam, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009. It is a tribute to a truly strong and loving woman who gives more than she takes. She shared this story when I finally paid her a long overdue visit. Her story touched my heart and soul, and I felt the need to share it with others. I first met Pam in 1976, when she was a young cashier in her father's Golden Dawn store and I was a busy, divorced mother of two who…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:18

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am devoting my October blogs to sharing information and stories about this dreaded disease. I would like to include personal stories, beginning with my own, and including the stories of others who would like to share their experiences. If you, or someone you know, have experienced breast cancer and would like to share your story, please contact me via email. My email address is- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your permission to post the story in my October blogs. Medical New Today recently posted an article that I found to be very informative…
Friday, 15 September 2017 19:34

Inspired by "The Glass Castle"

The other night, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with my delightful friend, Beth Gerg, while enjoying a delicious dinner and watching the movie, "The Glass Castle". Beth introduced me to the book several years ago. I could not put the book down after reading the first sentence―"I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster." At the time, Beth had no idea how much this memoir by Jeanette Walls affected my life. When Beth first contacted tell me the…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:58

The Boys of Summer

As this swiftly moving summer was ending, I invited my thirteen-year-old grandson, Truman and five of his friends for a sleepover on a Saturday night in late August. These boys had spent the summer riding their bikes all over Brookville; spending time at the dam; sleeping over at each other's home, (many of them at Truman's); playing basketball and football at the school, and of course, playing games on their cellular phones. The night of the sleepover they drove down my driveway on their bikes, promptly laid them on their sides in front of the house, and ran into our…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 16:36

The Summer of the Social Butterfly

When I was in tenth grade, my biology teacher referred to me as a 'social butterfly" because I was always talking with the boy next to me during most of the class. Her description amused me at the time. Today, it seems like a very fitting description of my activities over the past two months. I have been flitting from place to place. I spent a week on Chautauqua Lake celebrating my 50th class reunion with old friends; four days in Cape May, New Jersey with two of my closest Brookville friends; a trip to Jamestown for my niece's baby…
Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:16

What a Fabulous Week it Was!

As I mentioned last week in my blog, a group of my West Side Friends joined me at my lake house rental for an evening of laughter, love and reminiscing! We get together every year when I am in Fluvanna, but this year we had two more friends join us―Mary from Florida and Cherrie from Georgia. They each made the night even more enjoyable. We sat on the porch overlooking the lake, eating, drinking and talking until the sun went down. At that point, we went into the living room where our jovial stories continued. When we realized we were…
Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:03

My West Side Friends

Peace and tranquility surround me as I sit on the porch of my Greenhurst rental and view the beauty of Chautauqua Lake. I am reminded of the many times in my teens when I spent the day at Lakewood Beach with my West Side friends laughing, swimming, and sharing stories. Fortunately, I renewed those friendships at my 40th class reunion and have invited them for an evening get-together every year while I'm staying at the lake. We still laugh and share stories. However, the beach is no longer an option because it is closed, and we're all past the point…
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