I’m a Good Laugh-er

One of the great things about the holidays is, of course, getting to spend time with family. (That is if you like your family, and I like mine.)  It’s always a blast to get to spend time with my younger brother, Eric, and his oldest son, Jason. Two more naturally funny people don’t exist on the planet. They are pee-in-your-pants, fall-on-the-floor-laughing funny.

It’s a real gift—the ability to make people laugh. I wish I had it. But I do serve an important function. In the words of my daughter, “I may not be very funny, but I’m a good laugher.”

So with a Ha ha ha and a Ho ho ho, wishing you and yours […]

2018-11-19T13:02:52-05:00December 24th, 2018|.Cait and Me, Life|0 Comments

This is the Speech I Wish Cait had Heard

It’s graduation season. David McCullough spoke at Cait’s graduation and gave a talk about luck. It was a very nice speech. But this is the speech that would have better served her, and I daresay most, if not al,l of her class. This is the message we all need to hear. This is how we make our own luck.

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered to the Barnard Class of 2018

Greetings to President Beilock, Barnard faculty, trustees, and honorees: Katherine Johnson, Anna Quindlen, and Rhea Suh.

And to each of the 619 bad-ass women of the Barnard graduating class of 2018: Congratulations!

Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it ends and you’re forced to start all over […]

2018-07-24T17:43:25-04:00May 27th, 2018|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

A Beautiful Thing I Just Saw

I woke up to this email from Cait, who is in her last semester of college. I don’t believe it requires any prelude or conclusion. It speaks for itself:

Subject: A Beautiful Thing I Just Saw

It’s nearly midnight on a Monday evening in the deep quiet zone of the library.

There is an older man, perhaps in his 50’s, working on a tablet propped up on a black backpack. He wears a beige baseball cap pulled too far down on his forehead, and his elbow rests next to a diet coke from which he never takes a sip. He dutifully types on his tablet with just the middle finger of his right hand. Maybe a professor, […]

2018-05-15T19:16:43-04:00May 9th, 2018|.Cait and Me, .My Favorites|0 Comments

“Thought you’d appreciate these words”

It never ceases to lift me up when I come across random acts of kindness — to have it reaffirmed that there are still a lot of good people who care out in the world. Particularly in these days of nonstop crazy and disturbing news. So I wanted to share a simple, concrete example.

Cait has many professors who have gone above and beyond the call of duty; who value building relationships with and really take the time to get to know their students outside of the classroom.

Cait emailed me an exchange with one of her professors that’s a perfect example of this. But first, a little background. Like most young adults her age, Cait still has no certainty about what […]

2017-10-08T11:04:31-04:00October 12th, 2017|.Cait and Me|0 Comments


Yep. For all you Game of Throne fans, that is one of the capes, an actual sword (that’s bigger than Cait) and the locale in Northern Ireland, on a typically cold and rainy day.

It’s been an interesting year of travel to far flung places with vastly different points of views and different ways of life.

Cait and I have been having many discussions about how to not just stand up for what you believe, but also take action. How not to fail the moment or yourself. And, most importantly, now not to forget to listen with caring and compassion first, before speaking.

How to act with courage and strength and from the best truth you […]

2017-03-31T10:54:47-04:00March 31st, 2017|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

Funny? Not!

There are only two things I’ve asked Cait to refrain from. Permanent piercings and tattoos. So when Cait shared this exchange on Friday, my stomach sank. If you didn’t catch it, look more closely at her nose.

nose ring

She let me stew for 3 hours before she called April Fools!

Funny? Not!

Okay. Maybe just a little. : ) That was a good one.

2016-10-24T09:56:16-04:00April 3rd, 2016|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

The Wanderlust Gene

Cait has four long-distance trips (including a semester abroad) in the offing. Even so, I  just got this text from her. A not so subtle hint expressing perennially itchy feet–that I completely understand…

It cracks me up just how not far this apple has fallen from the tree. : )

2021-06-10T11:11:55-04:00February 14th, 2016|.Cait and Me|0 Comments

Compliment from God

Just another ordinary text exchange between me and Cait…


All joking aside, and even though this kid is probably born-again, that was a pretty great thing for one human being to say to another. Would that we might all take the time to recognize the good in each other and comment on it…

2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00November 19th, 2015|.Cait and Me|0 Comments
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