My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

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

Remember birthdays

I’m not an elephant; I forget.  Take birthdays of loved ones, for example. It’s not that I don’t want to remember birthdays, I do.  Birthday reminders are on my calendar … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 9 Comments

Stick a candle in it

Three layer red velvet cake with sumptuous cream cheese frosting.  That’s what my daughter is creating for  her brother’s fourteenth birthday as I write.  Decorate the house with balloons and … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 4 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

Happily married

Ray hurled curses and Tommy threw punches at me one too many times. Teaching emotionally disturbed children combined with their physical aggression brought me to my knees. My classroom partner … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 9 Comments