sign of our times


on a lovely tree lined street
surrounded by stately homes
a family once called this home
the kids that grew up here
went to school every morning
played Monopoly on the farmer’s porch in the summer
mom tucked them in bed every night
there were celebrations here
birthdays, anniversaries
a Christmas tree stood in the livingroom
and it’s lights shown bright through the front window every December
for years

until one day it all changed

at least that’s how I imagine it

in my mind

every time I pass by this house

in denial


















Monday, August 3, 1987

7:51 am

after being in labor for 36 hours

he finally arrived

he took his first step at 1 year and 1 day

his first words were mama, dada, uh-oh and go car

his first little friend was named Jake

he loved to sing Oh do da day

he spent hours in the sandbox

when he was 2,

he would go hide behind our big potted plant in the livingroom

and poop his diaper

if we asked him what he was doing there

he would always reply

“don’t bother me, I’m doing my work!”


it just can’t be

that today, he turns 25



a new visitor

My creation




so tiny

she could fit in the palm of my hand

nibbling on the clover near the tall grass

wonder where her mother is?

taking it to the streets


it seems that my son Andy and some friends from the Opera Orchestra
have formed a string quartet
and last night, on a night off from the theater,
they took their music to the streets of Cape Cod
Woods Hole and downtown Falmouth
they played for fun
but soon discovered that their instrument cases were filling up with $$$
which of course was an extra added bonus!
they are looking forward to playing again tonight
as apparently a restaurant owner asked if they could come back
and play in front of his place for his patrons.
so if you are in Falmouth tonight
listen for the music!

summer eats

good morning!


this summer has brought a change of pace

especially in the kitchen

I love to cook
but during these hot months…
not so much
although I do occasionally bake a dessert or two
and since there are just 2 of us at home now

suppers here lately consist of small plates
and lots of fruit and veggies
my new favorite is grilled bok choy
marinated in herb olive oil
and drizzled with balsamic vinegar

sometimes, like this past rainy weekend

we do an indoor picnic

a crusty ciabatta

cheeses, prosciutto, assorted olives

and wine

come the fall

I know I’ll be itching to cook up some comfort foods

but right now

I’m enjoying this little lifestyle change