Why I’ve Decided to Go Gray

Have you ever had a rash from poison oak or poison ivy? Red, raised, fiery, welted patches of pure agonizing itch that spread… if you’ve had it, you remember it well. It’s called contact dermatitis, and it happens when sensitive…

Disaster Averted, Pumpkin Pie Triumphs

I failed the holiday acid test. Thanksgiving Day was PP-Day: it was high time for me make my first pumpkin pie, especially since it was on my husband’s “it isn’t Thanksgiving without it” list. I already had an apple pie…

Two Years of Laughing

I had never laughed as much or as hard as I have in the past two years. Actually two years, four months, seven days – since the day Scotty came into my life. November 11 marked our second wedding anniversary,…

What Is the Value of Pie?

I’m not afraid to bake a pie. I’ve heard rumors there are women who are afraid to try because they’re intimidated by the intricate process of crust making, or they’ve failed to make a perfect crust in the past. Being…

Love the Apples, Hate the Hassle

The apples on one of our trees needed to be thinned. Overburdened limbs were bending in sweeping arcs, a sure sign we’d be hearing the “crack” of breaking branches if nothing was done about it. Being a good soldier, albeit…

Jedi vs. Airline

I drove my husband to the airport at 6 a.m. I drove back to pick him up at 7:30. We drove out to the airport again this afternoon. All those trips to the airport, and he still didn’t make it…