Dear Santa

Dear Santa You know that Christmas has always been a difficult time for me, no visions of sugarplums or happy Christmas mornings or big turkey dinners or family visits danced in my brain. Until, that is, I met Mike and was introduced to his family. It seemed like a fairy tale to me, his mother... Continue Reading →


Memories of Another Life

I dance to the music of dinner service A cacophony of clatter Pans sizzling, pots boiling, Knives hitting cutting boards with staccato bursts The printer raucously spewing order chits I dance to the music of dinner service Orders barked from the pass Filled with precision Controlled chaos coalesces into Perfect plates expedited to waiting servers... Continue Reading →

On Death & Dying, Luckily

Okay maybe "luckily" is too strong a word, but I didn't want you all to be scared off by the headline. I have an incurable disease, and I Have Thoughts to share. Well, many thoughts but just two today, a rant and a reassurance. Starting with the rant, so I can end on a high.... Continue Reading →

Actual Food for Thought

I'm coming off a very difficult week, one of the hardest weeks I've had for quite some time. With ALS, every time you lose the ability to do something to some degree it's the disease asserting itself, reminding you that it will, in the end, win. I've learned to deal with such losses by allowing... Continue Reading →

Miniatures Mayhem

I put my dollhouse aside for a few weeks while enjoying a wonderful string of visitors this fall (and more on that later), but will be hauling it out shortly to finish it off! When I first started my house, friends and family expressed surprise at all of the things that were available in miniature.... Continue Reading →

Strong Women

Spotted the above quote from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and instantly, it resonated with me. I've been fortunate to have an exceptional number of strong women in my life, women I hold up as inspiration and sources of strength. In fact, as I write this, I'm sandwiched between visits from two of these women,... Continue Reading →

Are You There God? It’s Liz, Again.

This tree is my altar Her intricate canopy, testament to your divine design I take comfort under her leaves, near her thick and wrinkled bark Full of the wisdom of the ages May my faith continue to grow As deep as her roots As strong as her trunk And as wide as her branches Amen

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