New Year’s Resolutions

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What a Kick

Hard to believe, but I have a student ID again.  It didn’t really hit me until I held my new shiny card in my hand and looked at that awful picture — “I’m a student again.”  I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at the thought.  The 20-somethings waiting in line all turned to look at the crazy lady old enough to be their mother.

The snow got in my way of going to the official orientation and getting my ID, so yesterday I drafted my son Justin to come with me on the four hour excursion.  We managed to travel on the only day I’ve seen the sun shine around here for weeks, so the drive and the ferry ride were actually very pleasant and even fun.… Read more

Blog Morph for the New Year

If you have been following my blog on, you’ll see some changes here. Since my blog won’t any longer be only related to my book Replacement Child, it seemed reasonable to make the visual change to the page too.

For me, the new year is bringing new beginnings and new goals.  And, of course, I’ll have to write about them here. I hope you’ll follow along.  I’ll try to make it worth the click.

Happy New Year all!

My Top Ten New Year's Resolutions and My Look Back at 2009

My 2009 had so many ups and downs I am dizzy just rethinking it. There were some incredibly joyous times that stand out. My son’s college graduation, my stepson’s wedding, finishing and having published Replacement Child–the book that I had always wanted to write. The financial meltdown was no fun for anyone.

But my most intense sadness came this summer when my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer and died quickly, in less than two weeks.  It was a shock to us all.  Her daughters and I watched in disbelief as her condition went swiftly from bad to worse. It was impossible to grasp that she had to be intubated shortly after being admitted to the hospital.… Read more