1. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Crossing the threshold

    June was my birthday month. This year was significant, as I crossed the threshold into a new decade, my 70s. The weeks leading up to the day found me preoccupied with the weight the number 70 carried. Already a long life, when compared to my Dad and my brother’s deaths...
  2. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Who’s in charge?

    All my life I’ve been blessed with a strong, healthy body: able to move easily, able to play piano or knit for hours on end. In fact, I’ve always felt in control of my body, expecting it to obey my commands to do what I want, when I want. Recently,...