Category Archives: One of Those Square States in the Middle

Cemetery Stomping

While I consider myself a writer, I also consider myself as a link in the history of it all:  my family of origin, my family we created, my extended family, the eclectic  friends from all walks as well as the … Continue reading

Posted in A View from the Wild West, Finding Normal, Oddities and Amusements, One of Those Square States in the Middle, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Small Town Sports

Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps this happens in every town where there is a high school and high school sports teams. Helicopter parents aside, high school sports can make the political arena in Washington look like pikers. I have a … Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | 1 Comment

Perspectives

Strange dear, but true dear, when I’m close to you dear, the stars fill the sky.  So in love, so in love with you am I…..  Cole Porter.. I am, in my mind, drafting thank you letters to friends with … Continue reading

Posted in Finding Normal, From Where I Live, One of Those Square States in the Middle | Leave a comment

Button Busting

I understand the sports world for kids from tot sports all the way through high school.  At least I thought I did. When I lived in the suburbs of Chicago, it was understood that you started signing your kids up … Continue reading

Posted in From Where I Live, One of Those Square States in the Middle | 2 Comments

Adventures of the “Yalie Stalker”

My husband went to Yale University.  Having attended every reunion since we married in 1989, it is an amazing place.  Yes, the campus is wonderful in an old world ivy kind of way.  But it is the classmates I have … Continue reading

Posted in Finding Normal, Oddities and Amusements, One of Those Square States in the Middle | 1 Comment

Rediscovering Dress Up

“The thing that differentiates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize”. – Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias. (A total chick flick of unparalleled magnitude.) Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of costume jewelry, especially after my … Continue reading

Posted in From Where I Live, Oddities and Amusements, One of Those Square States in the Middle | Leave a comment

Before and After

There are two kinds of people in this world: who you were before and who you are after. I love Chicago. My great grandfather, Timothy Ryan, moved there in 1880. He proceeded to marry a miner’s daughter and have nine … Continue reading

Posted in One of Those Square States in the Middle | 5 Comments