Category Archives: family

The Best Things

The Best Things in Life?
Divorce at the end of a long marriage: Not one of them. But that’s the thing that’s going on in my life right now. Working my way through it is, for one thing, making me think about what those fabled “best things” are. And why they matter. Continue reading

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Dear People: World War II Letters From My Dad

With Veterans Day on the horizon, this feels like a good time to post a tribute to the vet I knew best – my dad, Walt Scheiber – a brave crew member on a B24 Liberator bomber over Europe during World War II. Though most of this piece was actually written by him at the time, he wasn’t one to talk about his wartime experiences in the aftermath. Dad died at 92, three years ago this October. So, much as I wanted to, I couldn’t check the details with him. But I hope I got them right. And I hope you find this trip back in time with him as fascinating as I did. Continue reading

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Love Objects

What is it with us and our stuff? Our small stuff and everyday stuff. Here are some stories that give us a clue about the stuff we love and why. Continue reading

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The H-Word

Happiness matters. Not as much as oxygen and water and gravity and light. But right up there. One of suvival’s necessities. Continue reading

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Talking in Color

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Mom Says Goodbye to Her Old House

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Mom and I Get Ready to Watch The Final Season of Downton Abbey

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Here’s the Thing

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Cook. Eat. Share.

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Sunday Afternoon, Mid-November

This morning it rained, and the afternoon was gray and mild. The past week the weather’s been up and down. For a few days, it felt like the middle of winter. Then it backtracked to early fall. November’s like that … Continue reading

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