Lady Day

March 26th, 2011


I learned something new yesterday (I love when that happens!)

According to Wikepidia, in the Christian calendar, yesterday was Lady Day. Lady Day is the traditional name of the Feast of the Annunciation (when Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her of God’s will for her to give birth to the Savior) (celebrated 25 March) and the first of the four traditional Irish and English quarter days. The “Lady” was the Virgin Mary. The term derives from Middle English, when some nouns lost their genitive inflections. “Lady” would later gain an -s genitive ending, and therefore the name means “Lady’s day.”

Make a Differance

March 24th, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday. While she had a materialistic and often disconnected lifestyle she won awards in her profession and aided and encouraged worthy causes to help people.

What will I do in my lifetime that is memorable…

The Kindness of Strangers

March 20th, 2011

At church yesterday I was thinking how special it would be, how memorable, to be asked to bring up the bread and wine on Caleb’s birthday…and OMG…we were asked!

There was a couple sitting a few rows in front of us with a baby. We had to pass right by them when we brought the gifts up to the altar. After church I went up to the woman holding the baby and introduced myself. I explained that my husband’s and my first grandchild had been born today and that he lives far away and that my arms ache to hold a baby…she was so kind. She then simply gave me her baby to hold for awhile ~

Blessed be the kindness of strangers.

A Heavenly Blessing

March 19th, 2011

Caleb Bruce was born early this morning ~ with the Super Moon ~ a Heavenly Blessing ~ Today is Caleb’s birthday!

After Caleb Bruce was born (not long after midnight) David Bruce called me while Julia was trying to get the baby to nurse. Shortly after I hung up with David the phone rang again. It was Elizabeth. She was close to tears. She had just hung up with her brother. “Caleb Bruce’ she said, “What a beautiful, strong name and what a tribute to you and dad that David picked a biblical name and continued on with the ‘Bruce’.”

I walked outside, Baby Joy (our 10 month old sheltie) followed and I watched the super moon sail in and out of the clouds as Elizabeth and I celebrated the birth of Caleb Bruce ~

More details to come!

Super Moon

March 18th, 2011


Tomorrow is the closest Full Moon in almost 20 years.

“In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here’s what they say

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore”

Our son called from the hospital ~ his son is on the way!!!

“Hey diddle diddle
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.”

It’s a kind of heavenly blessing with the super moon ~

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th, 2011


In the autumn of 2009 our son was working as a visiting scholar at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland. I had enough airline miles for my husband, our daughter and myself to fly free round trip to visit!

Since this was a first time visit to the Emerald Isle for all of us it was especially memorable to see everything together and Emerald Isle she is, for even in mid autumn the Ireland we discovered had the appearance of springtime.   

While our daughter slept on the sofa in the living room my husband and I had the guest room in the apartment our son and daughter-in-law had in Dublin. We walked all over Dublin, including of course Trinity College. We explored the seaside of Howth, the prehistoric monument Newgrange and the historic Trim castle. Walking through enchanting Glendalough I kept expecting to see a unicorn prance out of the forest or to come across a gathering of fairies and elves. Perhaps bicycling all over Aran Islands, along Ireland‘s west coast, was the most exceptional Gaelic treat of our stay.

Nuns on Oprah

March 15th, 2011


“If you don’t believe in something greater than yourself you won’t do anything greater than yourself.”

This is a quote from a nun on Oprah. I seldom watch TV and even more rarely daytime television but I happened to be home when this was on and had heard about it. Having been raised Catholic and once upon a time wanting to be a nun (as perhaps most little Catholic girls) I wanted to watch.

I’d like to think that nuns actively do what the rest of us (Christians / spiritual people) claim and that is constantly growing to better ourselves as to the kind of individual we are…

What is the point of life if we are not constantly making that effort ~ activity moving forward in life ~ not with career or possessions but in improving the kind of person we are. I feel like my daughter genuinely does this more than any other single person I know.

My daughter does the kind of work the nuns do. Elizabeth graduated from Rice University at 20 years-old with a double major and being bilingual. She has done a number of different things including teaching for the exceptional program Teach For America. She is now finishing up her 1st year of a 2 year program at Brandeis University. The program is a Masters of Sustainable International Development.  The degree will credential her to run programs to improve the quality of life in developing countries and work for organizations like the State Department and the United Nations.

I believe that her dad and I were her sparks.

Let us go forward and make it an exceptionally good day always working hard on self improvement ~ have people leave our home, our presence, feeling better for having been with us ~ through God all things are possible ~ Peace be with you ~

A Little Coat

March 14th, 2011

A Little Coat

Soon, this month, my son and daughter-in-law will have their first child, our first grandchild (A boy! My son will have a son!) I have been having so much fun going through my son’s baby clothes and blankets. I found the most beautiful baby coat that my husband’s parents bought for our son. He wore it at 12-18 months of age. It is tan with a matching cap, lined and double breasted with leather buttons, really beautiful.

Twenty-seven or so years ago I had my baby boy’s picture made wearing that little coat and cap with Summer, our Lassie-looking sheltie. Summer stood at attention by her baby master’s side. A boy and his dog…The photograph was so adorable that the photographer asked to use it in a newspaper advertisement. 

Summer use to lick our son’s and daughter’s heads until their little baby hair was wet. Both children learned how to pull up on Summer as she stood stoic, knowing that they did not mean to hurt. Children and dogs help make a house a home…

Memories…when it comes down to it our memories and our relationships are all we really have in life…spend time wisely making good ones…

The cap and coat needed washing, ironing and a bit of mending in the seams. I do not sew at all and iron almost as frequently. I didn’t want to permanently damage the precious little coat. My dearest girlfriend Amy helped me. I made a package of freshly washed, classic baby blankets and clothes, including the little coat which I had lovingly hand washed and dried on the clothes line. My son called this weekend. The package had arrived. He thanked me and said that they will enjoy using everything but that they especially liked the little coat.

Peaceful Parenting

March 13th, 2011


This Worked for Us, a memoir about raising exceptional children, will be on e-books, by HBS Publishing, in May 2011.

From all that I have been through with parenting, as well as my observations, I would say that the most important things we did were having a loving, mostly peaceful family (father and mother happily intact) with a balanced lifestyle of hard work and vacations and of structure and free time.

As parents we were also smart enough to make changes when we were overloaded. For example, when both son and daughter played soccer, the two games and four practices each week began to overload our family so that my husband finally said, “Enough!” and I heartily agreed; even though the kids were having fun and daughter was a star player. This was one of many good decisions.

Balance is a vital key to a peaceful, happy and healthy life and in raising exceptional children.

A Rare Day

April 10th, 2010

I had the most wonderful day yesterday ~ I will cherish & remember it for a long time ~ as what do we really have but our memories ~ even the old folk, with their scratched & dented minds have their memories.

The day was precious from the onset with the morning sky that looked like a baby blanket all soft blue with pink clouds ….the pond had that enchanting mist that happens once in awhile when the water is much warmer than the air…ah, that cold spring air in the 30’s that left me deliciously chilled was absolutely wonderful! I opened all the windows & put the attic fan on until the inside temperature was 55! I could never have done that if Bruce was home. I closed the house up when the day begin to get warm & it stayed cool all day without using any electricity!

I like getting up alone before dawn…while the house is still & hidden in the shadows… I like having so much of the day to use & I like seeing the dawn come in & savoring the cold morning while I sip hot coffee…sometimes I have deep thoughts & sometimes I just totally enjoy my senses in the moment without having to share any of me.

I got another cover letter together & another copy of my resume & sealed them with my husband’s & I bicycled to the post office to get it out on the morning pick up. Oh joy! Oh delight! I was bicycling in another green & blue day ~

Spring & I played ball. I answered e-mail & finished my part of our volunteer work. I worked on my current book & curled up with vanilla decaf & read my current book. I ate my lunch with my book in the sun. I cooked dinner & my potatoes (Bruce even made the positive comment about them) came out right. Bringing in our bath towels off the clothes line I shuddered at the perfect-ness of the day…


Bruce, Spring & I dinned in the sunroom. Elizabeth called as we were finishing up. We talked & laughed & shared & enjoyed each other in our mother-daughter bond. There is a special-ness that is just for us. Bruce, Spring & I went on a walk around the property; Bruce with hoe in hand to protect us now that the snakes are out again. I picked tiny bell shaped wildflowers. We saw bluebonnets blooming in new places. The evening air was delightfully cool again. I had my bath yet to enjoy ~ stretching out in my big tub with special soaps & oils…

Bruce & I enjoyed the stars together, called Spring in, knelt to pray, I read a poem & we kissed goodnight – twice.

Fully enjoyed days like this are rare. Elizabeth & I have spoken about this & agreed, if we only experienced joy we wouldn’t know what it was…clearly that is the case today as my husband has attempted to ruin so much about today, I write about & relive yesterday, savoring it again.