Growing old is a privilege.

Three-tier birthday cake decorated with fanciful pink and white frosting. Cake topper is a sparkling gold number forty.
Photo by Justin Heap on Unsplash.


Four poems in celebration of fall

A paved road through bright orange trees in autumn.
Photo by Benjamin Voros on Unsplash.

Autumn’s Brilliance

What grief was like when my mother died

A fountain pen rests on a handwritten letter with some light purple flowers.
Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash.


No amount of cash can buy the things that make life most worth it

Several small children, dressed in stained and torn clothes, smile gleefully and put up peace signs.
Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash.

Weeping may endure

In a room without much light, a man sits on a couch with his arms resting on his legs, his eyes closed, and his head bowed.
Photo by Gadiel Lazcano on Unsplash.

“A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them — they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Giving blood, sweat, tears, and more

A light blue storm-ravaged house that has been shaken from its foundation sits on top of a royal blue upside-down vehicle.
Photo by John Middelkoop on Unsplash.


Why it’s so hard to be honest sometimes

Two people sit indoors on a bench in front of a large window or screen. The people are in silhouette.
Photo by Etienne Boulanger on Unsplash.

A litany of grievances

An open journal with handwriting filling the pages. A pencil rests on the left side. A bookmark rests on the right side.
Photo by Grianghraf on Unsplash.

Sometimes hello also means goodbye

A Black woman and her grandchild stand together on a ferry with the Statue of Liberty in the distance. Circa 1983.
One of many happy memories: My grandmother and me in the eighties.


The Story of a Slob Who Became a Neatnik

A very tidy, small, child’s room (probably a girl’s). There is a pink chair at the desk and two plush rabbits sit against the pillow on the bed which has a pink blanket and pink headboard.
I wish my childhood room had been this big (or tidy). [Photo by Huy Nguyen on Unsplash.]

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