CHIP AND PABLO: A BITTERSWEET STORY

My son, Chip, died from Esophageal Cancer that had metastasized to his Bones just days after his 65th birthday in May, 2021. This is one of many Chip stories.. He was a “car hound.” He collected and assembled miniature cars. He was an auto technician by trade. He was also a ‘Deadhead.’ and a music […]

CHIP – 5-11-56 – 5-24-21 RIP

It wasn’t easy – being Chip’s mom — but for sure, it was never boring. Actually – it did get easier – once I got the epiphany: “He’s not gonna live the life I prescribed for him. He’s gonna be Chip – and not Emily’s wish list for Chip.” Altho, when, at 18 months, he […]

MEANDERING ON THE PERIPHERY OF MY LIFE

Not exactly sure I qualified for a series about “older writers,” I checked my birth certificate. It said 1927. “Hmm,” I said to myself. “that might work” I’ve spent the last 21 years teaching a memoir writing class which is still functioning. Well, of course, that is sheer hyperbole, since I have not devoted all […]

COVID DAY 258 DECEMBER 23. 2020 – A HOLIDAY STORY

Here’s MY STORY of yesterday — a reminder of the good world!!!! I am returning home from a chore and about to pass Joseph’s Classic Market, where among the world’s most savory eats, exists my all time culinary delight : eggplant empanada at $7.99 cent a pound. I take a number. It is pre-Christmas crowded […]

BYE BYE 2020

  For 20 years and even more – I’ve looked back on each year Summing up the essence  like a “know it all” type seer Focusing on politics but spreading out on issues The highlights and the lowlights which made me reach for tissues But the 2020 apocalypse attacked our sense of “norm” And nothing […]