My first birthday without my mother

I have a birthday this week. It’s my first birthday without my mother. I’m not asking for “happy birthdays” or even remarks about “how good I look for my age.” I’m just trying to settle into a new decade (yuk!) and lean into...

A Gift Not Good Enough

  One of my sons is about to have another birthday. Recently, he and his brother carried on an interesting dialogue in the back seat of the car about the philosophy of gift-giving, following his brief conversation with me. Being the biggest present-buyer and...