My uncle recently became a great-grandfather. I think of what reaching four generations meant to him, especially when he held … More

Another birthday

On every birthday, I pay a visit to my parent’s grave. I stand over their resting place and remind myself … More

My turn

I remember how I agonized over choosing the flowers for my father’s funeral. Dad died a few weeks before we … More


In the last years of my father’s life, I spent more time with him than ever before. I knew I … More

Memorable May

May is one of my favorite months. Trees have started to bud, annuals are being sought out and planted, and … More

The Force of Family

My father was the youngest of nine children. When his oldest brother died in 1999, Dad became the only living … More

A Mission in Love

My grandmother would have celebrated a birthday today. How old she would have been and how long since she has … More