First flight

First flight

A bit over 10 years ago, I was traveling so much for business that Delta paid for my favorite pair of earrings, purchased from Tiffany’s. No, really. I made Delta’s “elite” Platinum status a couple of years in a row, and as a reward, I got to choose between receiving...
Living in Wonder

Living in Wonder

Gazing at the sky with a look of wonder, my dad pronounced, “That’s the most beautiful jet trail I’ve ever seen.” I nodded. “It is. I’ve never seen one quite like it.” With a reverential tone that others might reserve for looking at the Mona Lisa or Michaelangelo’s...
Seeking Home (Learning from Dementia)

Seeking Home (Learning from Dementia)

I woke up breathless, heart pounding, with tears on my cheeks. I’d dreamed that I was saying goodbye to my home, moving to a new house. It felt like leaving everything that was certain. Everything that was safe. Everything I knew. Everything that makes home, home. I...
Grieving the Living: My Dad’s Six Years With Dementia

Grieving the Living: My Dad’s Six Years With Dementia

Two conflicting emotions were woven inextricably throughout the six years between my father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and his death: love and grief. The love was simple and clear. It’s what made me willingly put everything else on hold to care for him, what made me...