22 Years Ago: A Birth Story

February 10, 1995, we were living, working, and going to school in Baltimore, Maryland. It was my last day at work before beginning maternity leave with child #2. We didn’t find out gender with either of our sons in utero, so we had the fun and mystery awaiting us:...

My First Without Her

I turned fifty last week, a milestone for most women, as is any decade birthday, and I’ve basically been celebrating all month long.  But I crashed last Friday when my thoughts turned to the fact that this was the first birthday I had without my mother.  I have...

Project Fifty: Samantha

Samantha Elliott.  Stellar then, stellar now.  Sam is one of my classmates whom I’ve known since grade school.  She was always a top-notch student; her name was called at each and every awards ceremony.  She was a musician in our school bands, and she was in...

Project Fifty: Kay

When you’ve known someone since fourth grade, as I have Kay Whaley, there’s a tendency to lock them in at that age.  I remember 8-year old Kay; the girl with the waist-long hair, the cheerleader with the barely-scuffed saddle oxfords, the most stylish...

This Guy: Bill Jones.

In this day and age of KonMari-ing and the “life-changing magic of tidying” (aka purging stuff), there are still so many things I find myself hanging on to.  I have photos and letters and mementos from lots of people I’ve known, places I’ve...

Project Fifty: Andrella

Andrella Barnes. . . Heyyyy-eyyyy. . . It’s Your Birthday!  Happy 50th!  I’ve known you since, well, forEVER.  Always a stellar student, involved in extracurricular activities at school, and a fellow honor graduate.  You’re as impressive now as you...

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