Mom Friendships

The teaching profession, matching wedding invitations, and motherhood were the elements that connected my mom to one of the most meaningful friendships of her life that has impacted the next two generations. In her late 20s, my mom had spent a summer with her brother and his new wife in Washington, DC, where she met... Continue Reading →

Lending a Hand

One day in 1977 when my family was living in Arlington, Virginia, we helped our church community resettle a refugee family from Southeast Asia to the United States. My older sister Monica recently recalled: “There were so many kids in such a small apartment. It made a huge impression on me, about giving." We both remember... Continue Reading →

The Language of Flowers

“Plant the garden of your life with friendship’s lovely flowers.”Unknown Spending my childhood in Virginia and Kentucky, I grew to love the many beautiful flowers and trees in my yards. Our house in Arlington was lined with colorful azalea bushes, and I found comfort in the dogwood and magnolia trees with their trusty blooms each... Continue Reading →

Playing it Forward

Looking back on the trajectory of girls’ participation in sports this Women’s History Month, we are amazed at how things have changed since Title IX was enacted 50 years ago. Sara shared in an earlier post that we were part of the first girls’ soccer team at our high school back in the 1980s, when... Continue Reading →

📚Hanging Out

“Adulthood is too serious. I miss stupid. I need stupid. Being stupid with your friends is guaranteed happiness.”  Billy Baker Reaching out to friends is a central theme of Billy Baker’s 2021 book, We Need to Hang Out. Baker is a Boston Globe staff writer who was asked by his editor a few years ago to... Continue Reading →

Showing Up

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time." Bréne Brown Near midnight December 10th, a powerful tornado tore through an area of Western Kentucky, destroying homes a quarter-mile from where my childhood friend Michele’s mom lives. With sudden, devastating loss like this, our natural inclination is to help,... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

I recently saw a meme that read "Happy 2020too." We so eagerly toasted the end of 2020, yet 2021 ushered in more pandemic-related restrictions, and for many of us, more loss. As we start 2022, we hope that you, like us, are finding reasons to be grateful. First and foremost, the lingering impact of the... Continue Reading →

Good Juju

November is chock full of birthdays for me and Julia. In addition to our own birthdays, two of our sons’ birthdays and our social media guru Frannie’s birthday, we are remembering our friend Judy Thomas Stacy’s birthday. Most people probably remember a family like Julia and I remember the Thomas family from growing up. They... Continue Reading →

Our Story: Part 4

"Don't just count your years, make your years count." - George Meredith I found myself back in Kentucky for the holidays in December 1992 after nearly a year living in Germany. While it was nice to enjoy the comforts of home, eat mall food and be served free glasses of water in restaurants, I was... Continue Reading →

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