I come from a big family, but when I was a little kid, there were four of us cousins: Jena and Melanie (sisters) and my brother and me. The rest came along later. Every year, Uncle Matt and Aunt Betty would take us on excursions to Geauga Lake or Cedar Point or Tappan Lake. I… Continue reading Happy as a Pig in Mud
I wanted to write more in 2016. More creative work. Well, more work that wasn’t work-related. I write grants and donation solicitation letters for a living, and it’s getting a little stale. Don’t get me wrong. I love the work that I do, and I love the work that my company produces on the dollars… Continue reading My Family Is Weird, and I Want You to Know Them
A few months ago, I reconnected with Hannah, a college friend, and in the course of conversation, we talked about a potential visit to her current home in Oklahoma. This month, that trip happened! After photographing a wedding in Maryland, Hannah drove to West Virginia, and we spent two days traversing the 1,200-ish miles from… Continue reading Ooooooook-lahoma!
“Did you touch this?” she asked, pointing at the magnifying glass. “No. Why would I? We’re not allowed to touch Gran’s things.” The defensive tone was projected grief, she knew, so she didn’t snap back at her brother. “There’s a fingerprint on it.” “Well, it’s not mine.” Keep reading at The Weekly Knob on Medium. A… Continue reading Lost & Found
There’s a compost heap behind the back shed and a coffee can of scraps on the kitchen counter. This morning, I let the dog out at six and then slept another hour before giving her the AM meds and breakfast. I watered the outdoor plants and checked the dehumidifier in the basement. Showered, blew my… Continue reading Sort of Living Someone Else’s Life
In the heat of 7 AM southern West Virginia, I took the dog out, gave her the two pills of the first daily dose, and dropped a cup of food in her bowl. Then I went back to bed for another hour before I absolutely had to greet the day. Shower, dress, Sunday School lesson… Continue reading Sunday Morning, (Mostly) Alone
This year, I’m involved in the planning process of some of our annual fundraisers for the fourth time. Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned along the way, inspired by our recently wrapped spring luncheon. Work Smarter, Not Harder Cliché? Yes. True? Also yes. If this is an event you hold year after year, build… Continue reading Lessons in Luncheons