there are places

I wrote a blog entry when both my children were in high school, about how parenting is a series of good-byes. And in reality, the truer statement might be that life is a series of good-byes. People and places we love and care for. Which eventually, often times more than once, we have to tearfully … More there are places

18 summers

Happy birthday to the loveliest of daughters….mine! Today she turns 18, and I’m reminded of what I’d say is the best parenting advice I ever heard. You only get 18 summers. It’s cliche but the years do fly by and then BOOM(!), it’s over. No longer children. The realization that a chapter of life is … More 18 summers

a july day

Our last day without her. Allie returns home tomorrow. In fact, as I type this she’s in the Prague airport. Jamie and I visited one of our favorite places today, Raven Run. Trees and sunshine. Mushrooms growing out of moss on a tree. Wildflowers. Much better than roses. At least I think so. Locust shell … More a july day

back to school

Labor Day evening.  As a child, I remember it well.  All the anticipation of a new school year about to begin the next day. Yet much has changed in the many years since I attended school.  Public school here in Lexington, Kentucky, began before mid August.  My son started classes at the University of Louisville … More back to school

week of

This was the week of her departure.  After months and months, nearly a year actually, of planning and preparation, my daughter boarded a plane on Monday morning and headed for the Czech Republic.  It was exciting to see her go.  I will miss her greatly.  I already do.  Yet this was her dream.  Her goal … More week of