Give More Hugs!

That has always been my philosophy. How perfect is it that my granddaughter and I have teamed up with an organization called GIVE MORE HUGS to entice more kids into the magic world of reading?  What better advocate could we have for that group than the totally huggable little fairy?  The great philosophy of this wonderfully…

Sisterhood gathering: 40 years of women at West Point

Women have been part of the United States Military Academy for 40 years. These days, urinals have been removed from the women’s latrines (bathrooms). Women cadets are allowed to have long hair. They wear skirts and earrings. There are locks on the barracks (dorm room) doors. When women entered West Point as cadets for the…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

Gathering, with class

If not now, when? As years have passed since college graduation, I’ve envied classes that meet on a regular basis. My graduating class does a decent job showing up for momentous occasions. We had a good turnout for our reunion last fall; and when our West Point classmate, Dick McEvoy, was buried at Arlington National…