Category Archives: Friendship

Out of the Blue

Which is probably what you’re all thinking as I put in an appearance after…how much time?  Way too long and I’m too lazy to go back and check.  What can I say?  Been busy.  Been distracted.  Been tired.  Dealing with … Continue reading

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I have this friend I’ve known almost forever.  Seriously.  The only people we’ve known longer than each other is our birth families. We’ve gone through a lot together.  Some of it we’ve shared and some of it we spent on the … Continue reading

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First Time

Image via Wikipedia Life is made up of firsts:  first step, first word.  First kiss.  First pet.  First slow dance.  First snowfall.  First heartbreak.  First time you (fill in the blank).  It’s largely impossible to categorize those firsts, placing one … Continue reading

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Hi-Yo Silver

 (Courtesy of For years, my best friend was a bicycle something like the one above, although mine was smaller, of a brighter blue, and had a pristine white seat and white handle-bar grips.  Because it was brand-new and not a hand-me-down, I … Continue reading

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They Come In All Shapes And Sizes

          In writing about the death of a dog belonging to a mutual friend (the wonderful Rose, partnered with writer Jon Katz,), my friend Suzi had this to say:    “I’ve learned so much <about pet … Continue reading

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Remembering Kathy

 (Courtesy of Was be-bopping around the house today tidying for the impending visit of my father-in-law and his terrific wife when the “Hallelujah Chorus” came on the radio and stopped me dead in my tracks.  Reason for this is … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Imperfect Holiday (Once More With Feeling)

 (courtesy (Someone recently asked me to repost this blog.  As it turns out, it was a good idea…for me.  Facing into the prospect of visits from people I’d rather avoid, I needed a reminder that most of the way one … Continue reading

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