Category Archives: Parenting

When the nest is (really, really) empty.

This weekend was wonderful albeit filled with all the anxiety and discomfort of a family milestone. We packed up the older sister and the three year old non stop talker (talkers are nothing new in our family) and headed to … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children (and Friends) Well

  On Cesar Chavez Day we spent time in Yosemite. I spend as much time in YNP as I am able and this day was poised to be a great time and as per usual it was. The scenery is … Continue reading

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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 2: Gratitude is Seeing the Connection

Gratitude is Seeing the Connection
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Day 1: Gratitude is a Verb

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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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Steve Died

I walked into my favorite hair salon this morning bright and early. I have workers at my house, so getting in and out was a must today. Anyone that has ever known me, knows I only get up early for … Continue reading

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Therapy in a Shoe Box

Birthdays have a way of making everyone a little more happy… More happy lets say, than they were the day prior, or the day after that date. Some birthdays are a little more momentous than others. For example, if you are … Continue reading

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Pace and Space

A talented writer directs and controls a reader’s pace and space through carefully chosen words and punctuation.  The reader then navigates the words like a raft floating down a river  and uses grammar and punctuation to guide her progress through … Continue reading

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Trust Intent

As many of you who have children know, raising two kids that are four years apart can be a harrowing experience. One is sometimes too young to understand that their behavior is offending some sensibility or another that the older … Continue reading

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