Statute of Limitations

“I can’t believe he’d do this to me,” I cried hysterically. “After all, we meant to each other.” Curling into a ball, torrential tears melted my mascara as my entire world came crashing to an obliterated end.

Annoyed at yet another gusher, Mary, my sixteen-year-old BFF, had had enough. “Get over it!” she barked. “You only dated him a week.” Little did I know, when it came to broken hearts, there was a Statute of Limitations for my sorrow.

Throughout my life, I’ve been told countless […]

Life’s Purpose

Standing at the head of the classroom, her tiny facial features peeking out from the massive folds of her long veil, Sister Peter stared out at fifty-second graders. By the sharpened look in her beady coffee-colored eyes, I knew we were about to be schooled on her favorite topic.

“Now, children,” she began, her voice rattling the musical scale, ending on the high note “C.” “You’re all about to become one with Christ with your upcoming First Holy Communion. It’s time to start thinking about […]

A Divine Conspiracy

Rushing back into the house to grab my lifeline to the world, my cell phone, I’d have only a minute to spare before my listing appointment when I came face-to-face with a large yellow puddle on the white living room carpet. Cowering in the corner was the guilty party. The damn dog was once again testing my patience.

In 2001, I went against my better judgment and purchased my son, Tim, the best present ever – a pound puppy. For the next 14 years, I […]

10,000 Ways

With hackles standing erect along its spine, ears pointed at attention, and legs aggressively stiff, I stared at the mighty beast ready to charge. By the look in her inflamed eyes, I’d have to be a moron not to know I was in big doo-doo.

“Jackie, get in my office – now!” Bobbie, our manager, barked.

In 1976, my first job out of college was as a bookkeeper for Century 21 Real Estate’s regional office in San Francisco. I’d just graduated with an elementary teaching […]

75 Beats to a Happy Heart: Prologue

I had the privilege of being raised by parents who believed that there were two types of heartbeats: one that served as the life force within the physical frame, sending blood and oxygen to all parts of the body, and another that resided in the spirit, a mystical pulse that nourished the soul. In their opinion, tending to emotions with genuine care and attention was equally as important as leading a healthy lifestyle. They believed the golden path to fulfilling our divine purpose here […]

The Finishing Touches

Examining my reflection in the full-length mirror, I carefully added a few finishing touches. First, I donned the crystal, dangling earrings and cocktail ring. Next, I put on a gardenia encrusted bonnet, beaded handbag, crimson red lipstick, and sky blue eye shadow. Last came the piece de la resistance, a gray faux mink wrap, and two-inch plastic high heels. Even at four-years-old, I understood an outfit wasn’t complete without the right accessories.

As the granddaughter of a silent movie actress, the true meaning of being […]