Sweet Talk Walk

Sweet Talk Walk

A few months ago, Ben was home for the weekend. Ben and Rosie, our golden retriever, share a bond. When we first brought puppy Rosie home, she squirmed her way into his coat, her snout buried under his arm. So, when Ben and I go for a walk, of course Rosie comes too....
Pants or No Pants?

Pants or No Pants?

“Daniel has a surprise,” Sarah told me on the phone. “Want to tell Lala?” she asked him. “YES!” Daniel squealed. There was much commotion–phone yanking and running around. And then quiet. “Um…Lala?” he...
Need a Mascot for 2024? Share Mine!

Need a Mascot for 2024? Share Mine!

Happy New Year, friends! A couple of weeks ago, I was rushing around, doing some late Christmas shopping when something weird happened. A little imp jumped in my basket and begged me to take him home. See him there? I was supposed to be shopping for other...
Retirement Stinks? A Tale of a Stink Bug and the ER

Retirement Stinks? A Tale of a Stink Bug and the ER

Around 3 am on Friday morning, a stink bug who’d been buzzing around our bedroom got suddenly quiet. Usually I’m not horrified by the occasional stink bug that wanders into my house. As bugs go, they’re not so bad. Their bodies look like small...
When EVERYONE Came to My Yard

When EVERYONE Came to My Yard

A couple of nights ago I went for a walk and when I returned, everyone had showed up in my yard. Literally. An index card with the word “everyone” neatly written in marker was nestled in the grass in front of my dogwood tree. A tiny ant was making a...
To See Or Not to See

To See Or Not to See

I noticed him walking toward us as we headed down a street I didn’t know. Chicago is a big city, I’m a little directionally challenged, and it was just me and Sarah, my grown daughter. I wasn’t sure what this homeless man would do. Was he mentally...