Category Archives: Parents

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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When Is The Right Time To Be A Parent?

I chanced upon a post on the Stanford Alumni Daily Digest a few weeks ago by Vicky Keston.  She called attention to a recent Huff Post article by Stacie Krajchir, founder of The See and Sprout Project, an international creative … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Kids, middle years, Motherhood, Older Mothers, Older Pregnancy, Parenting, Parents, Teenage Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Need To Overcome This

There are probably many reasons why I should curb my obsessive-compulsive tendencies. This is likely one of them. Ever since we convinced my mother to sell her house in Los Altos back in Summer 2012, she has stayed with me … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Empathy, Family, mother-daughter relationship, Parents, relationships, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Father the Cat

My Dad must have nine lives! He has survived many physical ordeals: Head injury in 1979 caused by a 25-foot fall and the resultant seizure disorder, multiple fractures, fractured skull and the accompanying bleed that has left him with difficulties … Continue reading

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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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So Broken

It was Mid-winter in Ottawa when I first laid eyes on Mannon (not her real name, of course). I was to be her attending resident for the next two months. We had divvied up the patients on the Adolescent Medicine … Continue reading

Posted in Anorexia Nervosa, Child, Doctors, Family, Family Members, Incest, Kids, Moral Issues, Parents, Pedofile, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Molestation, Siblings, Sisters | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sunday Brunch

“You’re five minutes late!” my father said, as I reached over to kiss him on his forehead.  He was sitting in the kitchen, on the breakfast table facing the glass doors looking out to our mother’s garden. The sunlight was … 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

Business Talk, Family Talk

In as much as I have held this blog sacred from being invaded by our family business in any form or shape, I have had people visit my site and ask why there is no mention of the family business … Continue reading

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