What I Want to Know

A local TV news program has a promotion that goes something like this: “We want to know what you want to know.” I don’t quite get their point, but I’m guessing they want their viewers to pitch questions about what’s…

Watching All the Deer Go By…

♪♫ Standing on the back deck, watching all the deer, watching all the deer, watching all the deer…go by. ♪♫ A summer evening in August, sitting in a deck chair, sipping a Diet Pepsi, eating a burger off the grill,…

How Fifty Talks to Thirteen

I took a dear friend, V, to the movies today. I’ve known her for five years, and we always have a good time. At least, I do. I sometimes wonder what she’s thinking while we’re carrying on a conversation. V…

Luxury Cars and a Low Stress Life

I once thought it would be cool to drive a “nice” car. When I say “nice,” I mean luxury, like a Mercedes or something. I don’t mean so “nice” it’s impossible for someone like me to afford (Lamborghinis are in…

I’m Learning to Be a Homemaker

“Housewife” is a word I used to hate or, at the very least, misunderstand. For 27 years I had a career outside the home, and my identity wasn’t “Dean’s wife” or even “Jon and Jordan’s mom.” I was a publications…