The Ubiquitous Gnat

It is that time of the year again – gnat season.  The official definition of a gnat is “any of many species of tiny flying insects in the dipterid suborder Nematocera…They can be both biting and non-biting.” I was happy to learn they have a lifespan of 7 days, which if you have a cloud…

Death of a Child, No Matter the Age

My son-in-law, Simon, disappeared on August 9.  While he and my daughter were divorced, he was the father of our very first grandchild and he remained always in our thoughts, if not in our lives that frequently.  It has been an exasperating and frightening time as we all grappled with the why of his disappearance. …

The Clock

Many years ago, maybe in the early 1990s, I self-gifted an oak, chiming clock to match my small home office suite.  I have cherished this clock for many years, packing it carefully through three moves since that time.  Several months ago, the tic toc pendulum continued to move like a metronome, but the hands of…

Verdant

Each morning the omnipresent email nag delivers the “Word for the Day.”  Since the pursuit of learning is a lifelong endeavor and to preserve cognitive function, with a coffee cleared head, I read the word, commit it to memory, and use in a sentence to ensure it remains in my central brain-data repository.  Today’s word…

The Doctor’s Office

Sitting here humbled by the process of seeing a doctor, especially a gym, , and always nervous about the physical contact, I hazard a glance around the room. The elderly lady in the wheelchair with wispy hair, zebra roots, and a sunken face, appears relaxed. The young women with long stylish curly natural and fabulous…

Insomnia

It’s late.  I don’t want to check because it will make me nervous. I have suffered from insomnia since I was 7 years old.  Once one is out of elementary school, this is a useful trait.  I could study well into the night.  I was able to read many books, mostly for entertainment.  As an adult,…

King Lear’s Message: Aging and Children

Raising children, taking care of aging parents, continuing professional education, working in high-level administration of an agency…all have given way to retirement and relocation.  Living at the beach has provided beautiful sunrises and sunsets best enjoyed with strong drink. My three children are successful professionals and I have two wonderful grandchildren, one on each coast.…

A Box of Photos

Sorting and reorganizing life has become a tireless goal filled with another box of souvenirs, envelope of pictures, or notes stuffed in folders.  Maybe it is approaching a milestone birthday or maybe clutter in the back closet is finally too bothersome to move around and tidy up.  The other day, wandering through piles of pictures…