Family histories, unwanted surprises, and don’t call me Meredith

History has dark corners. I think most are aware of this, even if they choose to ignore it. Ignorance is always easier. Family histories are particularly tricky. This is because the narrative is controlled, handed down generation to generation, until it becomes a specialized truth. And some things are just flat ignored, falling in the … Continue reading Family histories, unwanted surprises, and don’t call me Meredith

Still thankful for our big, beautiful (and growing) monster

We created a monster. It’s called “The Big Dinner.” Now, what came to be known as “The Big Dinner” didn’t start out that way. Not by a longshot. Eight years ago when this snowball was put in motion by my spouse, her sister and her oldest brother it was relatively small. You couldn’t exactly call … Continue reading Still thankful for our big, beautiful (and growing) monster

Checks and balances, balances and checks: Just where are the adults?

I wrote this two years ago for publication in the Burlington Times-News on Nov. 8 2016 -- the date of the last presidential election. I think most know what happened there. And the folks who don't know haven't paid attention to much of anything in a long time anyway -- print, TV, online, family, friends, … Continue reading Checks and balances, balances and checks: Just where are the adults?