“Count back from one hundred,” the anesthesiologist prompted me with the standard cue that ushers surgery patients into a safe oblivion. In those split seconds before everything went blank I remember thinking, “It would be okay if I didn’t wake up.” Wow. Even as I write that sentence it is hard for me to believe that [...]
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I went to a funeral on Friday for a man about my age. The funeral was held at Fort Logan Cemetery — the burial site in Colorado for veterans. I was impressed by the elegant, but simple pomp and circumstance — the salute of the gun-firing riflemen, the haunting honor of the trumpeting taps, and the precision folding [...]
BEFORE READING: Please know that my intention in writing the blog below was not to shame anyone. Quite honestly I wrote this blog immediately after watching the 20/20 program and it practically wrote itself — without any checks in my spirit. After receiving one email from a friend concerned that I was doing the same [...]
Dating update for all you kind enough to ask: I’ve had my first, awkward, anxiety-filled date. It was not a match. The second “opportunity” is this week! Today I went to a place called BridgeHouse. It is a critical care unit for adults who require acute psychiatric care. When I arrived I pushed a button [...]
I received over 100 responses to my last blog about my attempt to enter the dating world at 50! Many of you wrote that you thought I was courageous, but most of you warned me to be cautious. I want you all to know that I took notes on all of your comments and used [...]
When I was in college the big event of the year was the Valentine’s Banquet. It was the occasion that often marked the beginning of a dating relationship. I had heard stories of upper-classwomen who had been asked to the banquet and knew from the moment their dates picked them up at their dorms, that they had met the [...]
The smell of roasted turkey filled the house. The island in the kitchen was covered with all of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes — a mound of mashed potatoes with a dab of butter melting through the center, homemade stuffing crammed with bits of apples and walnuts, broccoli and rice casserole loaded with melted cheddar cheese [...]