Wild and Free and a whole lot of selfish: Reflections on what it means to be a free spirit

The palm of her hand lay flat against the cream, granite countertop, smudges of toothpaste and puddles of water surrounding her small fingers. Beneath the very tip of her nails were remnants of dirt left over from an earlier outdoor adventure. I stood, lurking in the doorway. Large, brown eyes looked up at me and …

The Start of Fall [and feeling like Meg Ryan]

Fall. It's a thing for me. A happy, gleeful, joy-filled thing that reminds me of childhood pumpkin patches and Junior High dances. Mother's delectable apple cake and Mondays in college when I'd bake fresh, pumpkin muffins. Fall brings bonfire weather and cozy cardigans and memories of evenings spent playing the piano beside a flickering fire. …