Happy Birthday, Henry

Dear Henry, If you were here, you’d be churning out papers and studying for exams. I’d be making you whatever cake you wanted. You would have picked out your birthday meal – you’d have spent a lot of time on that decision because we Ollers take our food seriously – and your siblings would come … More Happy Birthday, Henry

Your Powerful Story

  The  suburban backyard was unusually quiet for a Saturday night. No lawnmowers, no neighbors calling, not even traffic disturbed the group of women sitting on the deck. Or perhaps we were so captured by what we were hearing that we didn’t notice. My friend was telling us her life story. Her story is raw and … More Your Powerful Story

In Praise of Words

I love words. Loooove them. They’re tiny sparkling gemstones in my mind, waiting to be picked up and used. Finding the right word for what I want to say is like selecting an outfit: it takes time, and discards will be on the floor before it’s over, but when everything comes together, there’s a satisfaction … More In Praise of Words

Our Beautiful Mess

We celebrated our 25th anniversary on year 26. It’s not a given that you have to take a cruise or renew your vows or do something amazing when you’ve been married 25 years. But 25 years is worth celebrating, so lots of people do. Last year, all of this got lost in the crush of … More Our Beautiful Mess