November 29, 2009

Today would have been my father’s 70th birthday. We always celebrated his birthday on Thanksgiving (his favorite holiday), adding an apple pie (his favorite, that he taught me to bake) to the pumpkin pies and adding an extra layer to the festivities. This year, the family spent Thanksgiving together quietly, peacefully, with a different layer […]

Sincerely Yours

Dear Steve, Forgive the forwardness of the introduction, but as many kisses as you’ve stolen from me in the dark, I think we can dispense with a few formalities. You have fun, now, referring to yourself as “Uncle Stevie,” and in your approachable, light-hearted, and – yes – avuncular column in Entertainment Weekly that’s just […]

The Feast of All Souls

In 1971 my mother and father and brother took a trip to England. My brother was seven years old at the time and it was the first really big vacation they’d ever taken together. Sometime before they left on that trip, someone advised them that when they took pictures, they should have them developed as […]