aging parents, Family, Kids, Uncategorized, writing

The Long Road to Loss

My girls hold close their grandpa's flag. Last year I wrote a post about grieving through the anticipation of death and loss. This year, on what would have been my dad’s seventy-third birthday, I am finishing up plans for a socially distanced compliant church memorial service. For over two years now we have felt the… Continue reading The Long Road to Loss

california, Kids, outdoors, Pets, Travel

Mountains of Monrovia

Penny and I enjoy the mountain views. With the state of California slowly opening up, I am happy to report that for the past several weeks, parks and playgrounds across Los Angeles County have been open. We still have to follow social distancing procedures and wear masks, but to be honest, after these many months,… Continue reading Mountains of Monrovia

breakfast, Dessert, Food, Kids, Uncategorized

Beyond Breakfast: Fun with Cereal

Growing up, I loved Grape Nuts. I know it's weird, but Grape Nuts cereal reminds me of cold winter days in Indiana. I'd be eating my bowl of Grape Nuts with orange juice from concentrate while wishing I could play in the snow. As I got older, my palette expanded to include classics such as… Continue reading Beyond Breakfast: Fun with Cereal

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