November 27th, 2017

Lately when I go to my home state of Michigan, I stay with my oldest brother James and his wife Mara. I feel honored as a guest in their well-appointed guest room (think artsy, vintage furniture, blackout curtains, all- cotton bedding and crisp, ironed sheets).

Mara is an artist and an eBay entrepreneur who spends her days (and often evenings) scouring estate sales, garage sales, Goodwill stores, and auctions looking for what she calls “meaty hits”: items with historical interest of great enough value and in good enough condition to clean up and resell to collectors and people like myself, who simply love the hunt for a good bargain. Sometimes the markup on the “meatier hits” is considerable. Often she falls in love with the treasures that she finds, and she integrates them, at least temporarily, into the menagerie of beautiful objects that occupy their home. …

November 27th, 2017

When I accepted this position with ARAD to develop the new treatment program, I was excited and looking forward to the adventure of it all. It was hard to leave my 26-year-old son Luke and my grand-dog Chance behind. But Luke is and always has been the kind of kid who will look me in the eye and say: “Mom. I’ve got this. And so do you. You are gonna do great, and so am I.” And so it was.

I quit my job, packed up my stuff, sold my home, put my dogs in the car and headed out from Virginia toward the Panhandle of Texas. Cody is a mellow, senior and seasoned traveler, and Dill was a ten-week-old puppy and a brand new addition to the family. Both proved to be excellent travel companions. The road ahead was long, but I was looking forward to my first stop in Abingdon, Va., where we spent the night with some dear friends. …

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