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Making a Difference
Published on Monday, February 13, 2017 by I have fostered two dogs over the last few years for an amazing local rescue.  The first one was extremely difficult.  She bonded with me as I did with her, so when it was time to say goodbye I cried like a little baby.  She found an amazing forever home with a couple that fell in love with her.  It is more than bittersweet to see your foster find a home, even whe...
Alice Joyce
Published on Sunday, November 13, 2016 by My father's mother was named Elizabeth.  Her cousin was silent film star, Alice Joyce.  All of my life I have been fascinated by Alice, collecting stories and photos of her along the way.  Her picture, signed by Alice and given to her cousin Margaret, hangs by my front door. We had a family farm in Annandale, Virginia.  When my grandmother was young, she and Al...
Floods, Banjos and Rescues
Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Every once in a while I scroll through my recent cell phone pictures and post a few.  It is such a great way to really capture a week or two of "real life."  You can look at twenty people's cell phone pictures and you will never see the same thing twice. So what have I been snapping? This is a picture my friend sent me that I saved to my camera roll.  Last weeken...
Miracles
Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Yes, we are waiting on results for a few recent heart tests. Yes, he has a zipper scar down his chest. But this summer my son was finally able to do something I thought he may never do again. Standing on the beach taking pictures, it unexpectedly hit me. Hard. And I started to openly weep. Not cry. Not choke up. But weep. There was a family of tourists next to me ...
Returning to 8 Seaview Avenue
Published on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by When I was in third grade we were stationed in Newport, Rhode Island for a year while my father attended the war college.  It was the first year I was able to really explore.  At that age I was able to stretch my wings just a bit and fly. Because of this freedom I have more memories of adventures than anywhere else we lived.  This is why returning to 8 Seaview Ave...
It Was Only A Matter Of Time
Published on Sunday, March 20, 2016 by I knew it would happen. During what my son calls his “heart shenanigans” I had to stay too strong to allow myself anything but a few tears. When I am on Mom duty I am rock solid, saving the melting down for later. It was only a matter of time. It happened in a hospital where I came face to face with an intubated young man whose mother was desperately holding his ...
It Was a Very Good Week
Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by “But is an anomalous right coronary artery hereditary?” “Could my other children have an anomalous RCA?” “What do you know about anomalous right coronary arteries running in the family?” I was beginning to sound like a broken record. Yet no one had an answer for me. Between the surgeons, the cardiologists, the nurses, the pediatricians, the people in ge...
We Will Move Forward
Published on Sunday, January 3, 2016 by This is a screen shot of a picture I shared on Facebook today.  I don't think I have ever seen a picture that hit home so profoundly.  Above the picture I wrote, "When David was at his worst and I didn't know if he was going to make it, I held on to his hand with everything I had.  If I had to get up for a second I made my Mom or Elizabeth hold his hand.  I had th...
Before… and After
Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015 by I need to make this post brief. If I begin writing all the details of my last two weeks I believe my eventual meltdown will quickly ensue. And it isn’t quite time for that. On December 5 at 4:00 a.m. I was woken up in Corolla by a police officer knocking at my door. My 22-year-old healthy son had collapsed, was in the emergency room and I had to return home immed...
Corolla after Joaquin
Published on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by This weekend I took some photos of the flooding in our Corolla Ocean Sands neighborhood.  These pictures were taken a week after all the rain preceding Hurricane Joaquin. As I was walking I noticed broken pieces of wood at the edge of the dunes.  Then I realized they were from the sand fence I had taken pictures of just weeks before. Water from what we call "Tur...
Trifexis and Hives
Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015 by My title sounds a bit like something you might pick up on a street corner somewhere, doesn’t it? Fortunately it isn’t about that, but unfortunately it is about something that is just as bad. Friday morning my dog Moon woke up with three large bumps on his back. It looked like he was stung by something. I gave him Benadryl and asked my daughter to watch him while ...
Be Yourself
Published on Thursday, June 4, 2015 by This is something I can’t do myself right now for several reasons. Not completely, at least. Between work and criticism around me I have to fit in molds that don’t quite feel right. One day I will be able to finally be who I really am. I’ll be the old woman with the pink hair, TRUST ME. This phoenix will rise from the ashes. In the meantime, I try to encourage ...
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