Heaven’s gain

Dad passed away on Monday; not unexpectedly, but sooner than we thought. I was sleeping at the time, while Renee kept watch over him. She phoned me to tell the sad news. And her voice revealed a tenderness and awe in the moment; Dad just stopped breathing, she said....
The envy of angels

The envy of angels

I remember a night years ago when I woke up to the sound of a little whimper outside our bedroom door. I recognized it instantly. Amelia was sick. She had probably picked up another amoeba or something – an easy thing to do out there in Africa – and it hit her in the...

A welcome burden

On Friday morning I drove into New York to spend the day with my father. It was a surprise for him. One that he seemed to cherish. For me, it was a mercy from God. ~~~ I crossed First Avenue with a downtrodden face. An eight-dollar sandwich in my hand, and the weight...

Smalltown girl in the big city

Renee is one in a million. The kind of girl who never really wants anything for her birthday, except a surprise. And it doesn’t matter much what secret gift is bestowed, only that it is planned in advance. Because all she really wants is to be remembered, and...

Reporting from the mothership

We’re officially New Yorkers now, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. We were in the state a mere ten minutes when I got a speeding ticket. I was rocketing along at 32 MPH as the officer explained it to me. I think the Jersey tags on our borrowed car had something...