To have and to hold, from that day forward.

I miss my relatives, my friends, even striking up a conversation with a stranger. I long to hug somebody other than my husband. To have a shopping spree. To leave my local library with an armload of books. To stop at the local coffee shop. … Read more

Grandkids opening your gifts on Skype? My best tips …

It can be chaos or comforting … a free-for-all … or a relaxing, fun visit, as grandkids unwrap the presents you have shipped. We’ve had a mixture of all that, since our grandkids have been thousands of miles away almost every Christmas since 2012. But … Read more

Faraway grandkids? 10 tips for a December to remember.

Sure, I’d love to have my grandkids coming over to help bake cookies and decorate the tree — but that’s not going to happen. But no “Bah Humbug!” from me. My husband and I have remarkably good Decembers even though our grandkids (ages 8, 6, … Read more