May 28, 2024

View From the Back Seat

Together Again The view from the back seat of a car is different from the one behind the wheel. I usually drive alone, and on long drives, my hands are on the steering wheel with my focus on the road ahead. This trip was different, and it wasn’t all bad. […]
April 25, 2024

Stray Friends

“There’s a stray dog on your deck blocking the door. He growled and won’t let me get in to feed Miss Ruthie.” I was on vacation, packing for my return home, when my cat sitter sent the text. “Miss Ruthie has plenty of food. Just wanted to let you know […]
March 19, 2024

Emerging from the Hermitage

Grandma to the Rescue! An almost-neon-yellow bush caught my eye. The street was filled with trees whose buds promised spring. Blooming buttercup flowers swayed in the breeze, brushing over the daylilies with their early emergence from the ground. The days are longer. The nights don’t feel as wintry, even though […]
February 23, 2024


A small steam room at the local YMCA might be an odd place for an informal counseling session, but there’s something about the hazy, quiet atmosphere that helps people relax and open up.    People talk. I listen. That’s what I do.     Invitations Hansel and Gretel tells the story of […]