Alien?

"My brother is an alien," she stated confidently in her sweet, three-year-old voice.  She was too young to know that once she had also been an alien.  The immigration officer smiled in a professionally controlled way.  Likely she had heard that joke a few times in her long career behind that desk. There is no…

Things I Want You to Know

As much as I love you, my dear family members, here are some things I want you to know. You have possibly not heard them before because...... I am too polite. I was raised to be accommodating. It's my job to make everybody happy. You weren't listening anyway. It's just easier to do it myself!…

Motherhood and Retirement

Writing about being a mother on Mother's Day seemed too much of a cliche.  But here I am anyway, adding my own limited perspective to what is probably one of the most emotionally charged, personal, yet universal experiences--being a parent. I clearly cannot write from personal experience about being a father. But I know many of…