Tag Archives: Family

A Lonely Bird

I’ve been sitting in my home office researching and preparing for my trip to walk the Camino de Santiago. The past few days have been very mild and on the cooler side of August temperatures. I’ve left the sliding glass … Continue reading

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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 Santa Clara to … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

Originally posted online on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 11:58pm This morning I sat, as usual, typing at the computer when our student walked into my office to file some papers….she bounced in like Tigger and said, “Hey Ms. Garcia … Continue reading

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Sensory Overload

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Backyard Camping

Avi and I finally did it.  We slept outside in the back yard in my Big Agnes tent. May 5 can still be a cold time in Sacramento, so I dragged out every blanket I could so we would stay … Continue reading

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Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Sundays are days reserved for going outside.  If we can, I load up the car and take Avi out somewhere in nature.  Sometimes we explore the banks of the Sacramento River since it is a few blocks from home and … Continue reading

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@AbuelaAfuera

I am so grateful to be able to share my voice about getting people of color outside, especially when they go with family, both young and old. Please listen… https://she-explores.com/podcast/abuela-afuera-grandmother-outside/

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Plums

Written Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 11:41pm   My friend brought me a bucket of plums. These plums are very purple and dark, and well, small. BUT they are delicious! They came to work in a square bucket; the remnant … Continue reading

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End Alz: Neche Lets Go.

  *This essay was written many years ago. I still cry when I read it. My aunt was a tough cookie.   I grabbed my yellow Nike bag and tossed in underwear, shirts, a jacket and some mascara. Mascara. Why would … Continue reading

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The Nightmare in the Milk Case

Nocih (which means my grandmother in Nahuatl) sometimes takes me to the grocery store with her. Today we needed some mushrooms and chicken so we spent some time going up and down the aisles. I like to visit Nocih because she loves … Continue reading

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The Day I Lost My Mind

Tomorrow will be one year since the day I lost my mind. Late the night before (a year ago today) I violently poked at the remote control to the television and tossed/ threw it onto the sofa.  Then amid expletives, … Continue reading

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Loch Leven Trail…Donde you are?

Every year, in an effort to introduce the children to the notion of hiking and backpacking, my sister Lenora organizes a “baby” (now “kid” trip).  When the two littlest ones were tiny, the hike involved a two mile roundtrip hike … Continue reading

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It’s a Yearly Event

A few years ago my sister, Lennie was introduced to a man that all of us who have ever lived in a small town wondered, how is that they never met before?  They started dating, and fell in love. Yeah that … Continue reading

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3/4 of the Way There

This is my mother, my mom.  I’ve never written about what she means to me before because I cry every time. Here she is all of about 22 years old.  She is holding her first child, me. I’d like to … Continue reading

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A Birthday to Remember

Sometimes, the weirdest things happen to me.  Well, they happen because I’m a certifiable dork. My birthday is today. All I can say is what was I thinking? A week ago I agreed that because of my horrible habit of grinding … Continue reading

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Cruz

The rain stopped.  It seemed we were almost there. Traveling sure is hell.  No wonder we didn’t make the trip more often.  People are always talking about how great it is to travel; they’ve never ventured into northern Mexico with … 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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Day 2: Gratitude is Seeing the Connection

Gratitude is Seeing the Connection
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Mountains Out of Mole Hills

For the last two years, since preparing for and finally accomplishing my retirement I have entered my house through a garage door that wouldn’t quite close, look into a kitchen dining area to be reminded by the discolored ceiling, as … Continue reading

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Senioritis

Last night I foolishly thought that I could quickly and effortlessly create a blog page, link it to my Facebook page and successfully upload a new post. When I finally fell into bed at close to 3 AM I managed … Continue reading

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Pea Salad

  There is nothing like a fresh, cold, crunchy with cashews, pea salad!  But it can’t be just any pea salad. It has to be pea salad in the midst of friends, relatives, babies, puppies, grown-up “weiner” dogs, and loud, … Continue reading

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