breakfast, Brunch, coffee, Dessert, Food, traditions, Uncategorized

Berry Muffins with Almond Flour

It's finally cool enough here in Southern California to enjoy some time in the kitchen baking up fresh treats. The past couple days there has been the strong smell of ash from the fires that burned this past summer, so it's been good to keep indoors. With that, I decided to experiment with a recipe… Continue reading Berry Muffins with Almond Flour

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, traditions, writing

Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

Family, Kids, Opinion, School, traditions, Uncategorized, writing

Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid

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Memorial Day 2020

As a kid, I remember going to a few Memorial Day ceremonies with my dad, who was himself a Vietnam veteran, and had served in the United States Army for over 20 years, both as a reservist and on active duty. The ceremonies had great meaning to me, for though I personally haven't lost any… Continue reading Memorial Day 2020

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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]