Archive for June, 2009

In lieu of flowers, I forgive.

It is said that somewhere in Iowa, a small town’s football team still takes a knee before each game.  The players and coaches join hands and bow their heads, and they defy the laws that tell them that they cannot pray together.  It is rumored that they kneel together and recite the Lord’s Prayer. “Our […]


Murder in Parkersburg, Iowa.

I am from Parkersburg, Iowa. I wasn’t born there, I don’t live there now, but it is, without a doubt, where I am from. It is – and will always be – integral to who I am. On Wednesday morning, that part of who I am was once again hit by tragedy.  But this tragedy […]



I’m not used to being fragile. I am, as a general rule, the strong one in almost any situation.  I’m the one who makes decisions and get things done.  I’m the one who bounces back and pushes on.  I’m the one who can handle anything, and usually do it with a self deprecating smile. But […]


A Shmairy Tale

visiting grand canyon

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a girl named Shmritt. Shmritt was best friends with a boy named Shmadam, and they did everything together.  Shmritt and Shmadam had other friends – lots of friends, really – but they always knew that they were each other’s best friends.  And that […]


In Memoriam: The Puppy Monster

loving people who love me

Two years ago today, the world lost The Puppy Monster. Dawg, I am thinking of you today, and remembering with you. We have not forgotten.