I’ve been thinking about demand lately, especially with the current political climate, and the crazy antics used by candidates to galvanize our attention. I remember a time when I did the very same thing but for very different reasons. What creates real demand and how do we keep it? I was one of those mothers […]

She is gentle, he is sturdy, and together they are a killer combo of divine providence. Of course I’m talking about the Arruda’s, of Providence, Rhode Island, and believe me when I say their accent alone will keep you captivated. Friendship is one of those rare and unique phenomenons. When you find it, you hang on […]

I think it is odd when one of my senses highjacks my day and becomes the lens for which everything else comes into focus. Just the other day I woke up and no one was home. Larry was traveling and Dante had already left for work. Other than my rather annoying pets the house was […]

I don’t like change. Let me be perfectly clear, I do not like change of any kind, this works well with my personality, not so well with reality. As one would expect, God likes to mess with me.  Let’s consider technology, a major source of frustration for many fifty-somethings, it’s always changing, and makes no allowances […]

In my mind I’m thinking, “Okay, there are four of us, and four of them, we can definitely take em.” But I remain totally silent, a stiff smile plastered across my face, on full alert. Somehow I landed on a pontoon boat, in the middle of Clearlake, with four complete strangers, four dogs, and no idea […]


  It’s five minutes after nine on Monday night, and for reasons unknown, sleep is pressing in on me like the pile of papers waiting patiently on my nightstand to be graded. They hail me as if groupies at a rock concert, I avoid them, but their presence is so damn loud. My eyelids are […]