Home.

I’m back in Chicago for the first time in about ten months, which seems unreal. I drove in from Columbus, Ohio yesterday morning and as my car hit the Chicago Skyway on I-90 and I saw the “Welcome to Chicago” sign I got a little misty. My first...

Beach, Please

I just spent a (much too short) long weekend in New Jersey with my best friend Liz and her family. If you follow me on social media It’s easy to see that I’m having tons of fun on these visits. What you can’t see in those posts is how much of a total...

Expectation Packaged in an Envelope

I wasn’t shocked in the least when I started working on my birthday letter-writing project a couple of months ago and found it to be a perfect fit for me. I am not at all afraid, ashamed, or feeling weird about admitting that I am very good at writing letters....

Mmm, Cheeseburgers.

I’ve been thinking a lot about cheeseburgers lately. Like, A LOT. More than the average person, by far. I have not done studies on this or even asked around; that’s how sure I am. I think about cheeseburgers at a highly abnormal level of frequency....

Hello, Dolly

When I lived in Knoxville the first time (1982-1986), I was a teenager who didn’t pay much attention to things of local importance with the exception of the 1982 World’s Fair. What I did know, because everyone knew, was that Dolly Parton was East...

Corinna’s Letter

I’ve been diligently working on my 50th birthday letter writing project (details here), and having the time to do an in-depth reflection of my life and the people in it has been fabulous. When it’s all said and done I will be writing more than fifty...

What Do You Bring To The Friendship Table?

I just returned home from an incredible girls’ weekend in Savannah, Georgia with the other four members of the “Listen To Your Mother” national team. When the LTYM project ended last spring, we had talked about figuring out a way for all five of us...