Tag Archive: love

Staying Human

It’s not so much staying alive, it’s staying human that’s important. What counts is that we don’t betray each other. -George Orwell

Mom Today’s Diary

What was it like to be a 17 year old Polish immigrant teenage girl in Chicago in 1948? My Mother-in-law, who passed from this life on the day after Mother’s Day 2015, left… Continue reading

Beginnings and Endings

I was watching a YouTube video the other day of a circa 1971 performance by James Taylor. I’ve always loved this song, but it was his spoken words before and after the song… Continue reading

One of my favorite quotes…and three of my favorite people.

One of my favorite quotes…and three of my favorite people.

Land Down Under

33 years after a young Australian boy, age 16, came to live with my parents for a year as part of the rotary student exchange program, I now have the opportunity to visit… Continue reading

Dreams in Ashes

Dreams in Ashes from Irene’s high school diary… the sequel to “Decisions”. July 14, 1949


My decision will be either this one…. Or This One… As the story goes, Irene was in love with Don, and during her senior year of high school she spoke of barn dances… Continue reading

On Love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Rumi

Respect Your Elders

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and… Continue reading


Earlier this year, on a cold day in late January, I received a call from a Telemetry Unit Nurse who works at the Southern Illinois hospital where I trained to become an R.N.… Continue reading