Making a Thing

… is what daughter Kit calls it when she texts whatever she’s working on. Kit has been Making a Thing since she could toddle. It started with 2D scribbles before pre-school. Soon she would cover dozens of pages of paper with detailed little characters. Her preschool teacher Miss Patty was so excited about the dinosaur […]

Betty in Red

May 24th was my mother-in-law’s 91st birthday—the first one that her sons and her Texas grandkids have spent without her. The last survivor of  her parents, siblings, and husband Oliver, Betty Jane Jeanneret Pfeil passed away on September 25th, 2013.  I met Betty not long after my husband David and I began dating. The days of […]

Mamma Mia

Every few years, I like to thank my original Valentine for having me (and having my back) on my birthday. Can’t let 2/14/14 pass without another shout out. My mother Frances didn’t resemble the archetypal TV mother & housewife circa 1955-60. No — she wasn’t the Donna Reed single-strand-of-pearls type. She was a bit more Technicolor […]

My Own Private CRASH

A story about the convergence of events, and also about my father. During my last year at art school, I was bolted awake from a morning sleep-in by my ringing telephone. As soon as I heard my father’s voice, I knew something was wrong. I just had to call you to hear that you’re alright. […]

There’s Something About Wednesday (Deadlines)

As one of the last humans on the planet without a smart device, I still have year-old text messages from daughter Kit on my phone. To save them and make room for new texts, I have to forward to my email one by one before deleting. It’s tedious, but her texts add up to a […]

My Stepfather Doug

This remembrance is contributed by my half-brother, Dave: I was five years old, living with my mother, aunt, and cousins Maggie and Valerie, in New York City. I kept seeing a man by the name of Doug Jenkinson dating my mother. We instantly liked each other. A stand out memory was my future stepfather having […]