Category Archives: Life Stages

The Dog Goes Everywhere!

My friends from Orinda have been empty nesters for longer than we have been. They raised three kids. Their youngest, a daughter, went to NYU and has been swallowed by the Manhattan scene ever since. In the recent years, we … Continue reading

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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 Journey From Mother To Friend

We are a family that likes to travel. We journey to spend time with people we love. We go to places we’ve never been or even return to old haunts with new eyes. But we ourselves, within us, know that … 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

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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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Girlfriends

The other day, I traveled my usual journey to take the BART at Millbrae station at the end of my workday.  Hubby had to dine solo this weeknight. I was going to meet up with some girlfriends for dinner in … Continue reading

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I Am Woman. Hear Me Roar. More Like Snore!

Back in the early nineties, I received a card for Mother’s day that made me laugh, then gave me pause.  I still remember the cover.  It talked about the modern woman who has a career, goes to meetings, has kids, … Continue reading

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Take It Back!

I recently read about a woman who was attacked by a serial rapist.  I read about how she struggled to get back her will to live, and the life she envisioned she wanted.  All the time, she said she kept … Continue reading

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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

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