Category Archives: Letting Go

To My Nieces On Their Graduation

Dear Ronna and Mara: This period marks such a milestone to you and your family, with a high school graduation and a college graduation in the same year. For us parents, it is a time for quiet gratification that we … Continue reading

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The Call

I’m slowly awakened by a persistent ringing just outside my room. My eyelids reluctantly break their embrace.  I sluggishly turn my head towards the sound.  It’s the phone. Who could be calling on a lazy Sunday afternoon?  Where is everyone … Continue reading

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Laid To Rest

Today, I took some time off work to support some dear friends who were burying their dear 91-year old mother to rest.  It was clear from the funeral services that she had lived her life centered around all the things … Continue reading

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Campus Tours

A few years ago, when our nieces were still in the midst of their middle school angst, we made a promise that when the time came to choose the right university, we would be happy to accompany them through the … Continue reading

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Nanette And Me, In Three Parts

“Together” is a word that best describes our friendship.  Nanette and I went to elementary school, high school and college together. We shared the same little corner of the world for many years and did a lot of happy and … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Central Park, Childhood Memories, Friend, Friendship, Letting Go, Life Stages, Manhattan, Neighborhood Walk, New Beginnings, Reinvent, Retirement, Teacher, Travel, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Musings From The Empty Nest

My daughter and a good friend from college have moved to a new apartment recently. She told me that she and her friend would really like to fill their pied-a-terre with plants. Could I please help them with this? I … Continue reading

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Old Checks – A Short Story

  She knew it was time to simplify her life. She owed it to herself, she was convinced. Having more than one home was getting to be too much for her. She would remember a pair of favorite sandals while … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, growing old, Infidelity, Letting Go, marital infidelity, Marriage, Short Story | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments

The Morality of Lies

I got a call today from a friend across the globe. She said she wanted to see how I was doing. Then she told me she had a recent argument with her mother. It turns out that her mother had … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Catholicism, God, Letting Go, Life Choices, Moral Issues, Parents, Religion | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Stories over Roast Duck Dinners

Our daughter decided to treat us to a dinner of roast duck in two courses last week.  It was her gift to her father, who was to celebrate his birthday in a few days. It was supposed to be a … Continue reading

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Waiting Room Stories

Last week, I was sitting in a half empty waiting room while my father was having his hearing tested.  I had finished filling all the information and HIPAA forms when I glanced up and saw a pleasant-looking elderly gentleman smiling … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Child, Divorce, Doctor's Appointment, Doctors, Elderly Care, Family Members, Family Time, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Issues & Trends, Kids, Letting Go, Life Choices, Life Stages, Parenting, Parents, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments