The Blue Chair

When my husband, Tom, our son and I were first introduced to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, not knowing anything about the place, we entered the main lobby. We were impressed with the sumptuousness of our surroundings…


Hope Restored

Dedicated to L.L. & K.L.
The song “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” is dated, cornball, and a bit lame. Yet it is accurate, especially if you are old enough to carry an AARP card.


Promises of Grace (Part 1)

“The File Exit command exits the Aztec Designer program. If any open design has been modified since the last time you saved it, you are prompted whether you want to save the changes to the file.”
I am technical writer.…

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The Leader has no Readers (L.V. Impressions)

I’d kill to have the copy of the Locust Valley Leader with a cover picture of the trestle with the words, “The Leader has no Readers” emblazoned across the top.
I think it was the guys from the class of…


Along the Water’s Edge (L.V. Impressions)

“But the old man always thought of [the sea] as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours.” – Ernest Hemingway
Growing up you take it for granted, but Locust Valley, in fact all of Long Island, is…


Back to the Bar (L.V. Impressions)

excerpted from “Promises of Grace”
Two rooms filled with memories of underage drinking, late nights, sex in the parking lot, and old tunes on the juke box. How strange to be back. It had changed. The drinking age was now…


The Waiting Game

Everything was up in the air, and Jake wasn’t a very good juggler. College was over. His parents had moved to California, leaving him without a job or a place to live. So he rented a tiny, furnished apartment near…


Brigadoon on the North Shore (L.V. Impressions)

I know a place where time ticks by in years instead of minutes. Ten miles from a major highway where cars speed towards towers of steel, yet in this place nothing changes. The liquor store is still on the corner…


Rock and Roll Lives!

I am pleased to report that rock and roll isn’t dead. The empirical proof was a recent performance of the Winery Dogs at “Freebird Live” in Jacksonville Beach. The cool venue brought me back to my youth and the great…


Children at Heart

Recently, some family friends came to visit and we decided to take them on a getaway vacation for a few days to Big Bear City. Normally, we go there for the ski slopes during winter to get a dose of…