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

The finish line

Suddenly and shockingly bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded.  When my daughter, Devin, told me she was going to train to run a marathon, I wasn’t surprised.  I did my … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

136 ways to love others

Love is as love does. Ways to love those closest to your heart: Say, “I love you.” Make them a nice meal. Take them out to eat. Clean their room, … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 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

Mastery as motivation

My husband pushed me into the choppy cold water of Canyon Lake this past Veterans Day. No worries, I was in our new kayak. Actually there were worries, mainly, could … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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