My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Saying goodbye

One month after my daughter married, she and her husband moved out-of-state.  He is earning a doctorate in physics in six years.  She is working, making their home, and preparing … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Why beer?

My friend, Bonnie, talked her older brother into purchasing a six-pack of Michelob beer, a big win for teen-aged girls.  To add to the drama, Bonnie was told to go … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Happiness rejecters

My first childhood memory stands as one of the happiest of my life.  I was eight and had waited months for this moment.  While I sat perfectly still my mother … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 10 Comments

Game on: bridal show

Most weekends I’m cheering for my sons at baseball games.  My comfort, knowledge, and enthusiasm are naturally high at sporting events.  This past weekend I took my reticent self and … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Bring on dessert

I play a bantering game called “Best Title” with my journalist daughter.  It starts informally when one of us gives a title to a random life experience as if it … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hardball life

Club baseball is crazy rough and tumble. Teams are brutal in how they cream the best prospects, quickly dumping players who don’t perform. Franchises run like slick costly machines. Some … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

Politics, religion and talk

My graduate school professor kindly grilled me about public programs, policy, and politics unmercifully. As a Public Administration major in a Political Science department, I was more interested in the … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

Dog happy

I didn’t grow up with a dog as a pet, perfectly content with my cat named Tiger. The closest I got to a pet dog was when I was replaced … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

More than sorry

Picture a temper tantrum complete with yelling, crying, and flailing. Embarrassingly, I’m not talking about my kids, I’m talking about me as a newlywed! The intensity of emotional pain, frustration, … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

I’ll fail for you

Rushing my son to his All Star baseball game and driving like a maniac, we were a mess. Now I have no idea what triggered the family emotional meltdown, but … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment