For me, one of the saddest things about losing Clair when we did is that she and I had reached a point in our mother daughter relationship that felt “normal.”
Most of her life, I struggled to help her have a taste of normal in almost every aspect of her life. I wanted her to have the blessings of the regular.
Continue reading “The Saddest Thing…”
You might have read my french press rant a few weeks ago.
I’ve been limping along, trying to find the right coffee maker online. Shopping was a bust. BBB was especially bad. They have little in stock. The store serves mostly as a showcase for the more expensive merchandise!
Continue reading “And the Winner Is…”
I got up from my seat on the train and headed toward the door. A woman tapped me on the back, handed me a lovely pink box, adorned with a tiny pink rose bow and ribbon. “You left this on the seat.” In my commuter daze, I took it and murmured “thank you.”
Continue reading “Hello From the Other Side”
Here’s a photo of my daughter, Clair, on my very first Mother’s Day. Her little dress has “Happy Mother’s Day” embroidered across the apron.
It had been the most harrowing five months on my life. That day, her dad went to work, I took Clair to the zoo.
26 years later I am sitting here. She is a ball of energy exploring somewhere. She finally broke free of the battered and inadequate shell she was granted for her time here.
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It seems we are seven heads and a duffel bag short of a Joe Pesci movie here at Estes Park…
I was walking west on Howard St. Lost in thought, I wondered “where am I?” I looked up and saw “Winchesown”
Well, I think I saw Winchester..
Continue reading “Chicago Department of Transportation Reuses!”
I saw this headline in a newspaper we’re selling at the shop.
If I saw it in a paper during our current era, I might think “Wow. That’s pretty a pretty high crowd count for the Lallapalooza weekend!”
I took this photo in 2013, in Milwaukee. The city has a really beautiful art museum designed by Santiago Calatrava and some very fun neighborhoods. Milwaukee is the first place I go when I need a little break from Chicago. I go DELUXE and take Amtrak. No driving for me, of course.
I saw these really cool koi paste-ups ( or is this a paste-down?) around the Milwaukee Art and Design School.
I have always remembered them for their simplicity and the feeling of movement.
Continue reading “Koi Migrating”