So this is me, back in 2016, just before my life took a left turn. I went to a Random House Open House, and, if you haven’t been, well, it’s something. Was so excited to be there my sister took a picture of me. Equally excited was the security guard, who was trying to stop […]

I’m sure I’m not the only one to say this, but I’ve been spending too much time alone. There’s lots to be said about the solitary life, such as it creates self-reflection, gives one the chance to clear out the basement, or cook odd food combinations for dinner, like split peas and licorice. Mind you, […]

I recently had a birthday, yet there wasn’t anything to celebrate. And it wasn’t that I turned all grouchy because I tacked on another year; with all the anger and frustration surrounding me, I figured I’d hold off the festivities until it’s safe. You know, maybe in 2092. That aside, I took stock how people […]

Last week was horrible. Just horrible. My cousins called me. My 95-year-old aunt died of COVID-19. She’d been frail, especially after breaking her arm last summer. After they move her into a rehabilitation home, then nursing home, my cousins knew their mother wasn’t coming out. Auntie had trouble remembering where she was or who she […]

I gained another year the other day. It wasn’t by choice; I had little say in the matter. But I did choose to make it a bit special, even if I was the only attendee at my birthday bash. I’ve been isolating because COVID is raging in these parts, and after a scare at Christmas, […]

As I sit here confined to my current space, thanks to COVID-19, I think about all the past places I’ve lived as an adult. Most people go to college, get that first place, move in with someone, make it permanent somehow, maybe split up or sell, get a retirement home and then, well, go off […]

After the fiasco that wound up being Christmas, I looked forward to celebrating the New Year with my sister at her home. Sure, it’s two hours away but we’re both isolated. My car hasn’t toted me across the state line since February and I was itching to explore past its borders. I had the week […]

The call came Monday morning, just as I sat down at my kitchen table to work. My hairdresser informed me that someone who was present when I was in her chair tested positive for COVID-19. I felt panic seize my chest and immediately broke out in hysterics. I clearly remember that woman, who stopped to […]

It snowed here last week and I still can’t get used to the sight of it. Which is strange, because in earlier years, we’d have tons of it by now. But over the past ten years it seems that the white blanket that began to coat the hills and valleys has stopped, to be replaced […]

Last year, I came into work at Phipps the Sunday after Black Friday. For reasons not quite understood, I had Black Friday and Saturday off. Still, I didn’t complain. It’d been my first holiday off in God knows how long. On my way from the time clock to the Holiday Department, my boss stopped me. […]