I would never be with an alcoholic

I would never be with an alcoholic

That’s what I said to myself, all those years ago when I (practically) crawled into my first Al-Anon meeting. “I would never be with an alcoholic.” I was engaged to a man who drank. Whose drinking bothered me. Whose personality changed (in a not nice way) when he...
I amaze myself

I amaze myself

There. I said it. It’s not only weird and amazing that I can feel it and admit it to myself, it’s outrageous that I just said that out loud. To, I hope, a lot of people. I am blessed to be in Colorado skiing. It is beyond beautiful. It is beyond breathtaking. It is...
Danny made me cry again

Danny made me cry again

I called my father, Danny, last week to wish him happy birthday. He made me cry. He was pleasant and somewhat engaging on the phone. Often he’s abrupt and clearly has no interest in speaking with me. I get that. It sucks, but I get it. His life is awful, and he’s...
Thank you Ms. Freeman wherever you are

Thank you Ms. Freeman wherever you are

My teacher in fifth and sixth grade was Ms. Phyllis Freeman. I think she was the first person to teach me to use Ms. She created a new grade for me, A-WD – “A With Distinction” because I’d gotten too many A++s. Whenever we asked if we could borrow her tape to fix our...