Sticks and Stones

Remember that old children’s rhyme? …………but words will never hurt me? As an overly sensitive empath, I find myself feeling hurt quite frequently by words. Mostly by words in social media comment streams. Perhaps I’m just old, but today’s main method of communicating thoughts and ideas, moved from the private pages of a personal journal […]

Kids on The Spectrum and Their Affect On A Marriage

My husband and I will celebrate 31 years of marriage in November. It was debatable for a short time between our 29 and 30th anniversaries that we would actually reach the 30th. As in all relationships, passion is cyclical. Job stress, children’s needs, financial stressors, and caring for aging parents can and does put great […]

Making A Statement

Tired of the “My Kid Excels at blah blah blah, honor student at blah blah, blah?” For 22 years, these symbols of inflated ego on the back of minivans all over the country have given me a reason to be snarky. Yesterday, I did something about it, I designed and created my own bumper sticker!

My mother’s eulogy

Today is the one year anniversary of my mom’s death. In tribute to her, I am copying the eulogy I wrote and gave at her memorial service. Nancy Derbyshire- Born March 27, 1942, died July 25, 2012 For those of you who personally knew my mother, no explanations are necessary, nothing I can tell you […]

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Just returned from a morning out doing doctors appointments with my daughter, and then being treated to brunch out after all our bloodwork was through. Getting into and out of my dark colored car, it was difficult to breathe in those first few minutes before the air conditioning kicked in and blessedly cooled down the […]

This is “Modern” Childbirth?

I had the great displeasure of being in our state’s foremost ‘teaching hospital” last night, to help a friend of my daughter’s through the birth of her first child. Last weekend, CC was in the hospital for observation as an inpatient for 3 days due to high blood pressure, but was discharged on Sunday as […]

We All Need a Little Tenderness…how can love survive in such a graceless age?

I live in northern New Jersey. New Jersey is a pretty small state. Not as small as some, but fairly small as far as these United States go. Last fall, we were hit with a terrible natural disaster. I don’t live on the beach or ‘down the shore’ as most of us native Joisey-ites know […]

Surfacing~Healing After a Major Depressive Episode

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