I Have A Story To Tell You That Will Make You Feel Better

I Have A Story To Tell You That Will Make You Feel Better

After losing my Thanksgiving Turkey my friend of thirty-five years called and said, “I have a story to tell you that will make you feel better.” I, of course, was ready to hear anything. I had just lost my turkey and my mother has Alzheimer’s. You do the math....
No Sex Just Cuddling

No Sex Just Cuddling

No Sex Just Cuddling (Previously published in BRAVA Magazine here) One of my first trips alone, I was a college freshman busing it home for my first Thanksgiving break. Wide-eyed in the window seat; the ocean of sky overhead, a blanket of wheat beneath it and sidling...
Instagrams: In Loving Memory

Instagrams: In Loving Memory

Instagrams: In Loving Memory Memory is a confounding thing. I’m reminded of that every day as I sit with either my mother or my children. My mother has Alzheimer’s and can’t remember my name and my two teen girls have a kind of adolescent memory loss where they seem...
My Brother, Jealousy and Getting Over Ourselves

My Brother, Jealousy and Getting Over Ourselves

My Brother, Jealousy and Getting Over Ourselves When my older brother Ray put his friend into a coma it changed my life but it took me forty-five… Click To Tweet When I was twelve my family moved from one-hour outside of New York City to the Upper Peninsula of...
I Wrote This Book About You

I Wrote This Book About You

I wrote this book about you. No? Well, here’s how it goes with my new book I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around. I’m holding the book and a person next to me reads the title and laughs. Then as if I’ve caught them doing something embarrassing like thinking...
Laughter And Alzheimer: A Necessary Contradiction

Laughter And Alzheimer: A Necessary Contradiction

Laughter and Alzheimer’s: Really? I write about Alzheimer’s because, it seems, I can’t not write about Alzheimer’s. This wretched disease shows up, one way or another in so many of my essays, even when I don’t plan on it. There are times that I’m clearly writing...