Mine was last week. And though I tend to laugh often, last Friday was different. I wasn't supposed to be laughing. I was in a hospital room with Rich before a small surgery (he is fine). Everyone in the vicinity was quiet. Nurses walked past. People whispered. Rich was putting on his hospital … [Read more...] about When was the last time you laughed your ass off?
He puts boxes by the big chair in the living room. When he brings down the long foamy thing, I wish it was mine. I'm tired of the same old mat they got me at Ocean State Job Lot. Now he is outside fixing up his bike. Dad orders a new lock for the bike racks around campus. Bikes don't interest me … [Read more...] about The Night Before He Leaves For College
Gene Hackman was one of my favorite actors when I was growing up. The French Connection, The Poseidon Adventure, The Conversation; I loved his films. In 1986, when I was 25, I moved to L.A. I thought I was going to be a famous film director, a female Woody Allen, before I realized what being in the … [Read more...] about The time Gene Hackman sat down next to me
My husband and I have been married for 23 years; the same amount of time my parents were together when they divorced. Whenever I was upset as a teen, my thoughts would always return to the pain I felt over their separation. I’d be crying about the untimely death of a teenage classmate, and the … [Read more...] about The Things I’ve Learned About Marriage