How I Almost Tossed A Piece Of My Husband’s Soul To The Curb

I realize now,      That nothing,      No one,      Was safe.      Not in the path of the crazed madwoman.      Who happened to be me.      I shared last week how,      After years of procrastinating,      Husband and I finally attacked,      Emptied,      Donated the contents of a storage shed we’d been renting for more than five years.      The task was every bit as un-fun and unpleasant as I had imagined.      And,      And,

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The Awful Thing We Did Instead Of Taking That $23,000 Luxury Vacation Over New Year’s

As falls go, this was like gravity on steroids.      One minute, my husband was about to pull off one of his frequent flyer mile miracles.      New Year’s week flying around the world on Singapore Suites First Class.      As he does, he was about to pull off a $23,000 trip by paying about $78 per person.      Then, came the computer glitch.      The trip fell apart.      Which brought the question what to do next?     

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Why Our Family Holiday Card This Year Was Actually Fake News

It’s pathetic, really.      Sure, it looks pleasant enough.      This year’s family holiday card.      I managed to herd all four family members.      Everyone combed their hair.      Put on a clean sweater.      There we are gathered around the Christmas tree,      Smiling our bright smiles.      I could almost post “#winning.”      Except for one thing,      I need to share,      To confess.      As lovely as our holiday photo is this year.      It’s

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Beloved Grandma Leaves Holiday Treasure For Grieving Family Who Miss Her So

Why now?      Why do the holidays have to come now?      Sure, I know, they come the same time every year.      But some years,      It sure seems it would be better if they didn’t come around.      Not so soon.      Too soon for my friend, Suzanne.      She lost her mom in September.      Suddenly, unexpectedly.      There is something about the first time you lose a parent.      Is it better,      Or harder when

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Why I Slept With A New Love When My Husband Went Out Of Town

I could tell you this was an accident. A moment of impetuousness. That would be a lie. The truth is I’ve been thinking about, Imagining, Planning this for weeks. This is what happens when a husband travels a lot. As has been the case with mine. Out Tuesday. Back Thursday. All for business. All productive. Admirable. And, And, Leaves me with freedom to do something he’d never approve of. Sleep with our dog in the bed. Before you judge, Let’s

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How Daughter Is Sure Mother With Alzheimer’s Will Get The Last Laugh

How could I laugh? How could I not? Laughing with my friend and neighbor, Pat. For the last couple of years, she has posted stories on Facebook about Momma Jane. Her 91-year-old mother who is living with Alzheimer’s. This means, of course, that Pat has been living with Alzheimer’s, as well. You expect that. You expect a disease as awful as Alzheimer’s to affect an entire family. What I didn’t see coming, Was the laughter. Yes, laughter. Pat just has

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To Spouse Or Not To Spouse. That Is The Class Reunion Question

This was not in the book. Not in the book about marriage. The one with 276 questions you and your intended should ask each other before you say, “I do.” So you really know each other. Your true wishes and desires. How you go about things. Almost like you’ve known each other all your lives. Instead of the months you’ve been dating. Somehow, Husband and I sailed through all the really big stuff. Religion. Politics. Raising kids. It was pretty

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Morning Phone Call Reveals Unexpected Revelation From His 91-Year-Old Father

The call came at 8:45. As it does each morning. Not my phone. My friend, Gene’s. It was his dad. His 91-year-old dad. “We don’t actually say the words out loud,” Gene said, “But it’s his daily, ‘Yes, I’m alive’ call.” Some days the calls are short. Some days longer. Monday was a chatty call. Dad felt like talking. So, Gene shared his story from the night before. How he had splurged. Dug into his family wallet to take his

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I Didn’t Know I Had It In Me To Make One Man’s Dream Come True

I made a man’s dream come true this week. Not just any man. My 84-year-old uncle. My late mother’s only brother. I didn’t think I had it in me to carry this off. Sometimes forces beyond take over. Uncle shared his last wish with me about a year and a half ago. About six months before my mother died. His wish? He never wanted to see me again. Ever. He hated me. Not in the “Ha ha, Daryn is going

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My Marriage Is Going Nowhere And I Couldn’t Be Happier

My marriage is going nowhere. At least, that was the case this weekend. This wasn’t our intention. The plan, rather, Last second, as it was, Was pretty grand. I had seen early Saturday morning that my favorite singer was in town for a concert. The guy you pretend is singing to you. Or, if that is kind of creepy because you’re old enough to be his mother, That you would’ve been the girl he was in love with when you

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