My Nest May be Empty, But My Kid Still Calls Me Mom

Posts by Donna

Because I Really Do Care

Because I Really Do Care

By on Nov 3, 2014 in Blather, Empty Nest, NaBloPoMo | 0 comments

I love the first couple of days of the month. Not only does it feel like a fresh slate, but there’s the added joy of finding NO NEW BILLS in the mail. But today’s mail included an envelope addressed to “Parents of” from my daughter’s college – with the notation: “FINAL EXAMS INFORMATION ENCLOSED.” Naturally, I opened...

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Marshall McLuhan was Right

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Blather, NaBloPoMo | 0 comments

Does anyone study Marshall McLuhan any more? He was all the rage when I was in high school and college, even making a famous cameo in “Annie Hall.” I never really got him, even though I was first exposed to his work in high school and am pretty sure I had to read him as a media major in college. I vividly remember sitting through a film of “The...

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Re-Entry

Re-Entry

By on Nov 1, 2014 in Blather, Empty Nest, NaBloPoMo | 2 comments

My sister had planned to visit me this weekend, but the weather got in the way. Don’t get me wrong: we’re both really happy to see the state get a little rain — but we’re both smart enough to know that driving on wet roads in this state can be treacherous, especially during the first storm after months and months of hot and dry weather, which...

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Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

By on Oct 14, 2014 in Blather | 4 comments

It’s been a rough three months. My daughter started college in a city nearly 2,000 miles away and just like that! We have an empty nest. A few weeks after that, I had to submit to something I’ve been trying to avoid for years: a total hysterectomy. I’ve been feeling like a woman torn apart, both figuratively and literally. I started blogging eleven...

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Another Year, Another BlogHer

Another Year, Another BlogHer

By on Jul 29, 2014 in Blather, Original Blogsta | 9 comments

On Friday night at BlogHer, I found myself in deep conversation with a woman who was in the process of reinventing herself after sending the last child off to college. You know, much like I’m trying to do. She told me she had just sold her business, which consisted of a couple of hobby and crafts stores in the San Diego area. “You look so...

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