Debit and credit. I want them balanced, or as nearly as I can make them. As I get older, though, the debit column gets more substantial. At 76, I begin to lose more things than I gain. I find I’m being asked to relinquish aspects of myself. I begin to realize that they’ve been on…
The current alarming shortage of baby formula has put me in a time machine. It’s caused me think about my daughter when she was a baby many years ago…
"Mothers are all slightly insane," Holden Caulfield says at one point in The Catcher in the Rye. I always knew what he meant. It was never a quote that…
Sometime in the mid-1970s, I read Edmund Wilson’s O Canada, An American’s Notes on Canadian Culture. As far as I know, it’s one of the few—if not…
One day, things begin to change. You don’t remember exactly when, but they do. You start getting out of bed a little slower, a little more reluctantly…
The last time I was in Paris, it rained. When it didn’t rain, it threatened to. This was in October, so leaves were starting to fall from trees, and…
We had a tree cut down Saturday. It was a water oak, around 70 feet tall. The problem was that it was too close to the house, and this is Louisiana…
It was a small church in the country, about five miles from where we lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is where my mother took us every Sunday—my…
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