Tag Archives: Scene from a Memoir

How to Hike Mount Washington When You’re Young and Clueless (in 33 Easy Steps)

In the early days of our marriage, my husband and I would disappear every weekend to hike in the White Mountains. While I loved hiking, I never quite enjoyed it. Mount Washington proved to be especially formidable. Set your alarm for … Continue reading

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Cantering: As Easy as Falling Off a Horse

I bounced along in a fast and much too dangerous canter, which I’d just learned is like a gallop with a missing beat. I had been trotting so well, too, even lifted a hand from the saddle to give my mother-in-law … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude in My Facebook Feed

Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortune of another, or, just maybe, from the fortune he never wanted Although he was my mortal enemy and chief bully during my formative years, my brother Steve and I reached a détente when I reached my … Continue reading

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Searching for Dan Donnelly’s right arm

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #14, a link party. Join me by linking up an “Irish”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} I walked into the pub and tried to act nonchalant, but just how do you bring up … Continue reading

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Searching for Jimi’s Castles Made of Sand

An expanse of deep mud separated us from our quixotic destination, having been abandoned by the tide hours before. My husband shook his weary head at me. Surely I didn’t want to drag our boys through the mud on the … Continue reading

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A landslide brought me down

 Image by Catherine (Creative Commons) When I worked as a wedding videographer, this happiest day of a couple’s life could be filled with orchids and doves, but it could also show the worst in a person. Bridezillas exist, and they … Continue reading

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Lost in Cuzco

During my first day in Peru last August, my mushy brain and I kept stumbling over simple questions. I had started at sea level 20 hours before, endured a cheap-flight marathon through five airports, and crashed in a hotel room … Continue reading

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Size Does Matter: Little Trees and Stonehenge

Remember that scene in This is Spinal Tap when the band plans a majestic replica of Stonehenge that will sing the glories of their badassitude, but then they screw up the calculations, and an 18 inch tall model stands on … Continue reading

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Public Speaking

Image by Leon Fishman “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Now this means, to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket … Continue reading

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Getting Beat by the Blind Kid with Cerebral Palsy

My nephew Ben was born prematurely with cerebral palsy. His seventeen years have been punctuated by painful operations. He has faced each one with courage and grace, hardly complaining, occasionally admitting that it doesn’t feel so great to have been … Continue reading

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