Gardening Woes

Ever since I furnished my balcony and put flowering plants out to decorate it, it’s been a struggle to keep them alive.  I have had to toss out all of my plants and replace them three times now. Continue reading “Gardening Woes”

Loss & Grief

The Ugly Truth About Drug Addiction


The woman pictured above is my friend Sara.  Thirty-three years old, single mother of two girls, and financially independent.  We became friends shortly after I moved to Florida almost four years ago.  We were never very close friends, but Sara has always been very kind and generous to me.  She looked out for me back when I was a naive newcomer to Florida who didn’t yet know how to deal with all of the crazy wackos around here.  And when I was injured and temporarily unable to work three years ago, she told me that I was welcome to as much money in her bank account as I needed. Continue reading “The Ugly Truth About Drug Addiction”

Family, Loss & Grief

Happy Birthday, Grandma

I’ve been thinking about Grandma today on what would have been her 81st birthday.  I remember calling her on the phone on this day last year to wish her a Happy 80th, and I remember her telling me that her big plans for that day were to mow the lawn and play Canasta with Janet, one of our longtime neighbors.  Grandma still had so much life and energy in her at 80 years old.  It just doesn’t make any sense at all that she left us so suddenly when she still had a lot of years left in her.

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