The Missing Guest

You’d think that the hardest time after losing someone would be the anniversary of the person’s death. Instead, it’s often a day of happiness and dreams fulfilled, a time when you feel the deceased should be there to witness something you know would’ve been so important to them. For me, it’s remembering my mother-in-law on … More The Missing Guest

The Game Father

When my 10-year-old nephew found out we were expecting Szaba, he was so excited. He wanted to be the godfather. There was only one problem: We’re not religious. Wait! Don’t click away. I’m not trying to convert (or un-convert) anyone. I simply regard spirituality as a very personal undertaking. You do it your way, I do … More The Game Father

3 Days With Shirley

Last year at this time, I was cheering alongside Sue’s family and friends at the Minneapolis-St. Paul 3 Day for the Cure. Standing by my side: Szaba (well, she was crawling actually), my hilarious nephew Aaron, my sweet niece Ali, and Sue’s phenomenal mother, Shirley.

1-Year Blogiversary

As my Facebook page so kindly keeps reminding me, it’s Sue’s birthday today. Trust me: I know. Not coincidentally, I started this blog one year ago in her honor. Lately, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I want to do with it going forward—and what you want from it. I wrote lists. … More 1-Year Blogiversary

Pure Happiness

This Koop song is exquisitely lovely. I never get tired of it, especially when I’m in a peaceful and reflective mood, like this chilly, but sunny morning. I hope it reaches you in the same way.