Entries by Leah Harlig

Sweet Boy Beaux

In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina came barreling up the Gulf of Mexico towards the Louisiana Gulf Shores. The week before Katrina hit, the company my husband worked for, Sweet Tomatoes, fed the volunteers for the Houston SPCA’s telethon.  Sweet Tomatoes was always a strong community partner; and there were many animal lovers who […]


Jon and You

Part of what makes my husband, Jon, so suited for our work is his uncanny ability to see what is so and size up what is needed.  He misses neither the forest nor the trees.  He hears what is being said plainly and not so plainly.  His instincts and observations are spot on.  His recommendations […]

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87 – A Love Letter to My Mom

My mom will celebrate her 87th birthday this month. Eighty-seven years is a long time to be alive. It’s a long time to inhabit a body. It represents roughly 762,626.34 hours, 45,757,580 minutes. And I am grateful for all of them.   I‘m grateful for every moment that has made and makes my mom. I’m […]


When I think of my father and the holidays, I always think of him in the kitchen.  Cooking was one of his passions and holiday cooking beat all.  He spared no resource to prepare this special meal; no pot, no pan, no bowl was left untouched.  No spoon or baking dish, no counter space was […]

Grandfather Clocks and the Precious Stuff

My father loved clocks.  Growing up we had a cuckoo clock in our kitchen and a grandfather clock in the living room, right off the base of the stairs.  There were clocks in every room of course; the cuckoo clock and grandfather clock were his two favorites.  He loved the grandfather clock most of all.  […]

What’s Important

It’s important that you know what is important to you.  It is important that you communicate that clearly to your family, close friends and close associates.  It is important that if you can’t speak for yourself, you designate someone to speak for you.  It is important that the person you designate understands and honors your […]