Singing The Blues

Singing The Blues

Adrian and Griffin went to Big Bear recently with their cousin Rowie and her fiance, Kyle.  The trip might have been some sort of training ritual they felt compelled to undertake as they prepare to take their vows and have a family of their own.  What I think they...
Why Bedtime Is A Good Time

Why Bedtime Is A Good Time

My kids sleep in blue bunk beds in a room that doubles as our communal closet, its walls lined with clothes.  French doors open to a balcony that overlooks the panaderia (bakery) across the street.  Bedtime in Spain has become an exercise in learning, confession,...
Merry Christmas Mamma Mia

Merry Christmas Mamma Mia

Read to the end of this paragraph, then close your eyes and let your mind settle on a memory of your mother–the way she hugged you or her laugh when you made a joke only she would find funny. Bring her spirit in–whether she’s alive or dead–and...
Unsteady As She Goes

Unsteady As She Goes

How great it would be if we adults could protect ourselves this easily–emotional elbow and knee pads to keep the everyday challenges of life from leaving us scraped, bruised, and unsteady–and a helmet covering our feelings.  I’ve been falling down a...