Donuts & Coffee

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  One morning a couple of weeks ago before the start of school, my youngest daughter and I were running errands and enjoying the hot, steamy Texas weather ( a little sarcasm there) when she says to me, “Mom, let’s stop and get some donuts to enjoy with our coffee while we talk” Our coffee? […]

What I Learned in 5th Grade About Puberty and Responsibility


  It’s been about 40 or so years since I was in the 5th grade and to be honest, I don’t remember much about it.  I remember my teacher, Ms. Behrens, who was like a cross between Marlo Thomas and Gloria Steinem.  Wholesome, yet cool. I remember becoming more and more socially stressed, but not […]

The Last Year


  Last year I literally watched a woman live the last year of her life, as she passed away on New Year’s Eve and, although I did not know her very well, her death has had quite an impact on me.  Since her passing I have tried to recount each and every conversation, no matter […]