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

Sweet names

Little did I know when I started calling my husband, “Honey,” in our early years of marriage that the nickname would stick.  Honey is literally sweet.  Sweet names can minimize … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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