Re-Courage-Ment

I heard this is the single greatest snowfall this year–the one that feel well into April–weeks after all the snow had melted. The buds were coming out. People were posting pictures of their crocuses. We were having suppers on the back deck. And the snow keeps falling. And blowing. And we all keep shaking our …

The last song. The day the piano was sold

The last song

As the world prepares to be vaccinated, my parents prepare to move… …and get vaccinated, too! My folks are moving into assisted living and will join all the other residents of the building next week to be vaccinated to ensure the safety of all. I was over at their place yesterday—carefully. They pretty much don’t …

Returning me to myself

It was my birthday last week. And Husband knows me: I like to anticipate goodness more than by surprised by it I prefer much smaller groups over large crowds He hosted a birthday gathering for me with some of my favourite people. They told me that I positively beamed while they sang Happy Birthday to …

On the anniversary: A letter to myself on my wedding day all those years ago. It's not gonna work out, but you will be okay.

To my younger to-be-divorced-one-day-self on your wedding day

Dear Carolyn-bride, You didn’t know me all those years ago at 22—but you would have known I would be coming one day. I’ve been thinking a lot about you. This is a momentous anniversary of something now gone, and so I’ve been thinking about you more than usual in the last couple of days. Today …