Category Archives: Mother

About moms, being a mom, missing a mom, etc

Happy Last Birthday, FDO!

In my house (and sometimes in my sister’s house) I tell people that they can only have birthday-days until the birth of their first child…then the celebrations belong to the new person, and the old person has no more birthdays. … Continue reading

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Missing Her

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite nights of the year.  Usually, and I mean usually to imply that this year has been markedly different, I can sit back and relax on this Holy Night.  I light what seems to … Continue reading

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You Can Call Me Nocih.

Dear friends…. A few weeks ago my daughter called to let me know that she is pregnant. She is a 22 year old, college graduate with a quick wit and a loving heart. She is living out of state and … Continue reading

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Day 5: Gratitude is Seeing the Beauty

My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today, a day when we received our first rain in months, I found gratitude in the beauty of it all. Day 5. … Continue reading

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Day 1: Gratitude is a Verb

Day One of the Gratitude Challenge Continue reading

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The Light Changed Today

All day today, from the moment I opened my eyes I noticed that the light has changed around the house. The sun, cantaloupe orange, in that fake summer way poured over me as I lay in bed. The day would … Continue reading

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On the way to the movie…

“Because we have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to survive, we are ready to give up everything – even our lives – in our struggle for justice.”* ~Cesar Chavez   Like many Latinos my age, … Continue reading

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye….

“Mom, I’m coming home with a puppy.  You can’t talk me out of it. You’re going to love her,” he said. And like that my life changed again, without my permission, and without my input. I have always been known … Continue reading

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Boys to Men

Traveling with three 17 year old boys is hysterical. Driving from Sacramento to Las Vegas is a bit less jocular but still amusing. Only one of these young men is mine, clearly a duh, since they by team requirement they … Continue reading

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