Goodbye, 2017

Goodbye, 2017

The new year is upon us, only a few hours away as I write this. I heard a story today that I want to share. The story is about a six-year old named Jenny. Jenny and her mother were at the store, waiting in the check out line, when Jenny spied a shiny pink box with a...
The Dreaded DMV

The Dreaded DMV

I’d been thinking, before I start traveling again, that I should go ahead and change over my New York driver’s license to New Mexico. I was hesitant to do it because (A) my NY license was good for one more year, (B) it was hard to get, and (C) I’m...
14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

14 Tips for Comforting the Bereaved

My son, Phillip, took this photo when he visited me in New York, back in 2009. Today marks the first anniversary of his death. Over the past year, I’ve discovered many things about grief and about how awkward giving and receiving condolences can be. People offer...
Revisiting Re-Entry

Revisiting Re-Entry

It’s snowing here. Ever so lightly, but snowing. The sun’s trying to peek through, but the clouds are winning. I’m watching the fat flakes fall as I eat lentil soup, bought at the deli over on Nostrand. I will miss being able to walk a couple of...

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