Twenty Nine

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, The Distiller's Mother16 Comments

When I saw the prompt for an essay contest a while back, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. The prompt was this: write about a moment you would like to have back, to do differently if you could. Although there are many such moments in my life, it wasn’t hard to come up with the one I needed … Read More

The Gift of Found Time

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, Travel & Travelers37 Comments

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard A  little over eight years ago my father’s heart stopped. One minute he was clutching his tennis racquet and waiting for the other doubles team to serve. The next, he was on the floor. His wife, an ex-firefighter and an amazing human being, resuscitated … Read More

Intervention

Elizabeth MarroGrowing Pains, Nature30 Comments

I don’t know what kind of bird this is, I don’t know its sex. All I know is that for five days it occupied my backyard, walking around among my herb pots with a bemused air, as if hoping any minute to find a familiar face or landmark. There was no visible injury, no reason that I could see that … Read More

A Journey To Now

Elizabeth MarroGrowing Pains, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers32 Comments

In May I was feeling the loss of an old friend very deeply. It was his birthday month and a year since the last time I’d seen him. May was the time he’d normally be wrapping up his training for the Mount Washington Road Race in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Unable to run last year, he and I made breakfast … Read More

Road Trip, One Page at a Time

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Family, Fellow Travelers, Growing Pains, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers16 Comments

With this post, I begin a month-long celebration of journeys and books. Each post will focus on a particular journey and the book that either took me or came along for the ride. Because this month also encompasses my birthday, always a milestone in life’s journey, I want to celebrate by sharing the books I mention here. Each post will … Read More

Reconstruction Day

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Death, Family, Growing Pains, Inspiration, Love, Spirituality20 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

Urge to Purge

Elizabeth MarroEncounters, Endings, Family, Growing Pains, Things11 Comments

Above: Four minutes of fun in Bettina’s Minimalist Kitchen, “The White Box” (In English with subtitles). The urge to purge seems to be running through my network of friends and family like the cold that’s been making the rounds. Last week, I was flat on my back with just enough energy to watch the entire first season of Shameless (British … Read More