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What Creature is in the Attic?

It’s that time of year when temps at the dacha fall below 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the attic and wild life comes to nest there. It’s a modern home, but for some reason, raccoons, opossums, and some squirrels feel that they run the roost, the raccoons leading the way and prying off soffits with abandon…


Less Free Contraceptives = More Abortions?

Should free contraceptives be a basic American right? The Trump administration, cutting back on employers being required to provide either free contraceptives or free abortions in all cases, should consider some unintended results. Could the limiting of employer-paid contraception lead to the increased need for abortions, or the cost associated with unplanned pregnancies and raising…


On the Occasion of Our Anniversary

Many, many years ago, when I was so young, we entered into holy matrimony. And here we are, many decades later, still together. A miracle, an accomplishment, a blessing, a life shared and multiplied. Here are a few quotes to celebrate our anniversary, happening October 7th…. “What is Love? I have met in the streets…


Monday Mottoes – #210

Later this week, Benedetto and I will celebrate numerous years of wedded bliss. As with anything long-term, some days are good and other days are better. With the passage of years and decades, people often ask, what is the secret of your marital success? For me, wise sage that I am, I would say that…


What’s Normal Family Life?

Probably the only normal is that there is no normal. Or is there? Take a look at any of the “reality” families on American television, from the Duggars to the Kardashians, you know, the ones where the kids have grown to the point of establishing families of their own, and it makes one wonder. “Whatever…


Are Tattoos Really Safe? Blotting Out Your Future with Ink

Two different articles on tattoos were released recently and within days of each other. One involved the now-known fact that nanoparticles from the ink traveled to the bearer’s lymphatic system, while the other was a declaration concerning the safety of pediatric patients obtaining tats. Neither seemed to agree with the other, in this writer’s estimation….


Monday Mottoes – #209

Today our eldest son turns 21. For all intents and purposes, he should be 13, not because of any immaturity on his part, but because we adopted him when he was almost 8 and I would have loved to have been his mother for all 21 years. We’ve made up for lost time with adventures…

Shana Tova

Happy 5778…Shana Tova


When Hysterectomies Kill

I never knew this. After researching hysterectomies because of a friend going through some major health challenges, I came across the amazing 2014 story of Dr. Amy Reed from Boston. A physician herself and the wife of a surgeon, the couple came to the conclusion that her hysterectomy via morcellation was responsible for rapidly spreading…


Monday Mottoes – #207

Natural disasters happen, but humanity’s kindness and God’s help happen greater. I do not believe that natural disasters are God’s automatic judgment on a nation— if that were the case, I’m not sure any of us would be here. I wouldn’t rule it out in extreme cases, such as Sodom and Gomorrah, but as the…