Wednesday, August 26, 2009

mourning Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy passed away today. Often, he is described as JFK's brother, or Bobby Kennedy's brother. He was so much more. It diminishes him, I think, to label him this way, as if his importance is as a small piece of Camelot, rather than a person in his own right. Ted Kennedy was a Senator for 47 years. He was a champion of the poor, the powerless, the voiceless.

He made horrible mistakes in his life. He faced tremendous adversity and personal loss. Yet he persevered, when others would have faltered. He could have lived on his fame and power and money, and never contributed anything to anyone. No one would have blamed him for retiring from public life when Bobby died. But he didn't. He truly believed that "from whom much is given, much is expected".

He was so much more than "the last Kennedy brother". He was the Lion of the Senate, and he will be missed.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I can feel Fall

I can feel Fall. This morning, I woke up and it was cold. We had left the AC unit on all night, and the temps outside had dropped. It was actually pleasant outside, after a couple of sweltering, humid weeks. When I walked from the parking garage to my office, I actually wished for a moment that I had a light jacket.

Fall is coming.

Our son goes back to school on Wednesday. We've bought school supplies, a new lunch bag, school shoes.

Fall is coming.

I bought a new notebook for me for school. Don't need one, just love new notebooks. Work is getting busier. It's getting darker in the morning when I wake up.

Fall is coming.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 27th!

Today is our 27th wedding anniversary. I still think it's one of the smartest things I ever did. And I would do it again, if I had to do it all over again.

My personal wish today is for another 27 wonderful years. My wish for everyone else is that they get to enjoy the same happiness that we do.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

what I learned on my summer vacation

in no particular order, here's what I learned on my summer vacation:

  • your kid can surprise you, in a good way
  • any day that starts with a cup of tea, sitting on a dock looking over the water will be good
  • to be really at peace, I need to be near water
  • you can have too much fried food
  • mcdonalds is even worse than I remember
  • a few hours with a good friend can restore your spirit
  • america is a truly beautiful country
  • michigan may be one of the prettiest places I've ever been
  • traverse city is a nice place to visit, but it is kind of stepford
  • fresh raspberry blueberry cobbler is amazingly good
  • summer at 73 degrees is very different from summer at 92 degrees
  • we are spoiled by how nice people are in Baltimore
  • don't underestimate the power of a really good armchair
  • naps are essential
  • there is a huge difference between hiking 5 miles in the woods, and walking 5 miles on pavement
  • there is no sound like the laughter of a two year old
  • sandwiches are under-rated
  • the cleveland zoo is better than the baltimore zoo
  • I want to come back as a sea otter
  • I am not addicted to my computer -- no problem giving it up for a few days
  • you can go out to eat too much
  • it was easier to drive 500 miles when I was 20
  • I need to take more vacations