Posts Tagged: family

  • Wanted: Acceptance?

    Wanted: Acceptance?

       Everybody wants to feel accepted on some level. Even people who consider themselves to be outsiders or lone wolves want to be accepted as such.  The hurt of being unwanted or intentionally left out of a group is a bruising and long lasting one. I have been there. It is no fun.  At 36,

  • Making Meals Easy

    Making Meals Easy

    In many ways, my family is the average American family. We’ve got a couple of kids, a dog, a house in the ‘burbs, two cars, and two incomes. You know the drill. My wife is a nurse and works from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. That means that she leaves the house around 6 a.m.

  • Facing a Fear

    Facing a Fear

    Ten years ago, my mother died. We were a close-knit Italian family. She was a selfless person who put others before herself, even after the cancer left her as a shell of her former self. As you can imagine, it was devastating. It also sent shockwaves through my family. A decade later, we still have not recovered from some