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The Courage to Grow Old

Once again, I am visiting my parents at their home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I was here in August and so for this visit, there is a welcome coolness in the air. It is autumn. Yesterday, my father had…

First Person

Annual Angst Because I am first in line for the Mother of the Year Award once again, my son Reed just had his 10 year annual physical this month, a full four months after his actual 10th birthday. In recent…

O’Keefe’s Journal: Vacation Prep

Getting ready for vacation is like any other prep: It has to be dealt with and can be painful. My husband and I are preparing for a week away — we’re driving to Massachusetts, and the tension is rising. See,…

If I Do Say So Myself …

It is a stream of consciousness really, not an actual conversation. I hear my voice wafting through the air unrefuted, and there is some satisfaction in it. But there is mortification as well because I am unabashedly talking to myself.…

Knitting for Company

I always wanted to learn to knit but until recently, I didn’t think I could. Starting with my mother 40-plus years ago, and continuing over decades, four people tried to teach me to knit without success. After a teacher walked…

Rule of Thumb

As my friend Karen noted years ago, there are certain rules you never thought you would actually have to say out loud. You know, actions that would, presumably, set off a red flag in your head and give you a…

I Stand Corrected

As a writer by trade, I have a certain reputation to uphold regarding my communication skills. I pride myself on finding typos within restaurant menus, newspapers, signs … virtually everywhere. I have even been known to blithely joke that this…