Reconstruction Day

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Death, Family, Growing Pains, Inspiration, Love, Spirituality11 Comments

On Good Friday last year, my step-daughter checked into the hospital for the second phase of post-mastectomy reconstruction. As we packed to go help her through the recovery, I found myself pondering the word, “reconstruction” as if I’d never heard it before. Reconstruction is what people do after tsunamis, floods, fires, and wars. Builders in New York and New Jersey can’t … Read More

Fruit-Salad Family Tree

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Eat, Drink, Love, Family, Growing Pains6 Comments

Deep breath. Here goes. My ex-husband, the oldest of six, is also my stepbrother. In my birth family, I am the oldest of five. In the family that formed after my mother married my-then-husband’s father, I became one of eleven. All my in-laws, in fact, are now my siblings. Except for my ex-father-in-law who is now my stepfather. And that … Read More

Welcome

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Death, Endings, Fellow Travelers, Friends, Love, Reading & Writing2 Comments

The man in this picture once told me something I have never forgotten. “Don’t be afraid to say no to people when you have to, but don’t say no to yourself.” He said this just after he hired me as a reporter for a paper called the Gloucester Daily Times, the daily that served Cape Ann, an island about 40 miles … Read More