A Christmas Luau

A timber hand formed in the famous 'hang loose' sign sits on the formica bench in my parents' apartment, between the kitchen and the dining room.  In their last home, where we grew up, it sat on the bench between the kitchen and the family room. "Hang loose!" Dad would say when the going got tough.  Hawaii is …

The Family Dinner

The Family Dinner Noun: A social activity common across countries and cultures involving the reluctant coming together of parents, children, grandparents and siblings to celebrate. . Typical Participants: The Recalcitrant Child, The Arguing Couple, The Hearing Impaired Elder, The Attention Seeker, The Fussy Eater, The Enthusiastic Drinker, The Officious Organiser, The Designated Driver. . Common …

A is for Ageist

At dinner with friends a few weeks ago the conversation was meandering nicely, from sport to the obligatory weather discussion, some light and breezy comments about renovations, a recent puppy-sitting experience.   All very harmless.  Until we moved into the Career Conversation.  Now this is a bit of a no-go zone for me right now because …