Before walking became a "cool" exercise, my parents were all about going walking. I remember summer evenings marching around our huge back yard with Mom, Dad, and my brother for several laps multiple days every week. One evening my brother wanted to race from the very back of the yard to the back of the... Continue Reading →


Marco Polo and Cancer Can Bite Me

Until I was around 14 or so, my family and my dad's sister's family (including her parents-in-law) went to North Myrtle Beach together during the third week of July every summer. When they were in high school, my older cousins each brought a friend as well, so I remember several years when there were 13... Continue Reading →

Hello, This is the Concierge at the Hotel of Life with Your Wake-up Call

Four days after I wrote that letter to 2014, I found a lump in my breast. Good one, 2014! Way to listen to my request there! 'Preciate ya... sure do... Then I did what any person does when they find some sort of bump, lump, or pain — I Googled it. The first information I... Continue Reading →

Before the Back-to-School Fundraisers Start

Because within the next couple of weeks (if it hasn't happened already) you're going to be inundated with flyers selling candy, cookies, holiday wrapping paper, and God knows what else, I'd like to take this moment to ask you to donate to either (or both!) of my causes. In September, I'll be walking in the local... Continue Reading →

Before and After

Inevitably, we all divide our lives into time periods — when we were in school and when we were out of school, or our single years and our married years, or before we became parents and after we became parents. The Husband refers to his single years as "BC", Before Carla. I refer to mine... Continue Reading →

Whew, dodged that bullet! Hey, is that a bazooka?

You didn't think I had stopped looking for the combat boot, did you? I explained all that. I'm no rookie. Six weeks after Mom's surgery and our collective sighs of relief that she did not have ovarian cancer, Dad has now been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Some of you may know there is no surgery... Continue Reading →

The Other Shoe

In my 41 years of time on this planet, I've learned that sometimes luck drops that first shoe, and it's an adorable hot pink, peep-toe heel adorned with rhinestones, and you squeal with excitement and do a little happy dance because it's so freakin' cute. You just can't wait for that other one so you... Continue Reading →

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