One Thing

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Love15 Comments

 “He never knew when it was coming.” I learned last week that there is one thing about me my husband would change if he could. Not the size of my breasts. Not my inability to control myself around a bag of corn chips. Not the way I start reading his library books before he is finished with them, or try … Read More

Life Happens

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Love, Travel & Travelers11 Comments

“It was amazing how you could get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it was exactly were you needed to be.” (Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye) If things had been going according to plan, I’d be writing this post from Switzerland, on the last leg of a three-week trip that was to begin with a flight … Read More

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

Seduction by Artichoke

Elizabeth MarroEat, Drink, Love, Family, Food, Love, Travel & Travelers8 Comments

There are the hearts you draw on Valentine cards, the chocolate ones, and the very useful muscle that is sending oxygen to your cells as you read this. Then there is the tender, sweet meat protected by the thorny leaves of the artichoke. The heart of the choke, or the “toots” as my husband’s family calls it, is the promise … 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