Happy Birthday To Mom

Happy Birthday To Mom

Today is my mom’s 79th birthday. This photograph was taken on MY 48th birthday, just six weeks before she died. She was so ill, literally being eaten alive by “the emperor of all maladies.” But did she decide to stay home? Nope. Not only did she come...
A Human Hibernation

A Human Hibernation

“Write a  blog post!” my friend Mike emailed me recently, a smiley face emphasis at the end of the sentence.  Mike is a sunny guy who started following me years ago and now I’m friendly with his whole family. Lovely folks. I’d like to make Mike...
A Mammoth Anniversary

A Mammoth Anniversary

Today is the Ides of March–two years since my mom died on March 15th, 2013.  We spent the day skiing in Mammoth–barely any snow, but a joy to see my boys bomb down the slopes on what was there.  Way to make the best of it, right? I actually feel better on...
The Box Game

The Box Game

The Box Game isn’t easy to play.  Large logs–preferably tinder dry–are stacked symmetrically so that they balance like a funeral pyre.  A cut pine tree, shorn of branches, juts from the middle toward a star-spangled sky.  The warm, rich scent of sap...
California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Our plane descended into yellow-brown air, a thick layer of smog blanketing Southern California.  The warehouses and industrial areas of the Inland Empire gave way to neat, square houses dotted with green lawns and occasionally, the unmistakable blue of a swimming...
The Love Bird Returns

The Love Bird Returns

The small bird was perched just outside our attic window, its brilliant feathers reflecting the sun as it stared inside with bright, beady eyes.  Griffin ran to get Sasha and Tia, who gaped out the window in awe.  “That’s my bird,” Sasha whispered,...