Category Archives: Family

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Awe

The dogs were up first on Christmas morning.  They have no sense of the days of the week—every day is Monday.  My husband and I let the dogs out and then fixed their breakfast.  After breakfast, they were ready to … Continue reading

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Leftovers

The day after Thanksgiving I am back in the kitchen, chopping celery, onion and carrots to make a stock. This is a new tradition for me. For years, I stripped the turkey carcass immediately after dinner and tossed it into … Continue reading

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Blessed

  The week before Thanksgiving, I was in a HomeGoods store, pushing my grandson in a cart, looking for a roast pan small enough to fit my mini-oven, when a woman approached me and said:  “You are so lucky.”   A … Continue reading

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The House Where I Finally Grew Up

We sold our home in southern California this week.  And by coincidence, last week my youngest sister sold her house, the one my parents bought 48 years ago.  I never think about my childhood home.  I lived there for eight … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of a child: Scary Monsters

  To a one and a half year old, the entire world is a frontier, perfect for exploration and discovery.  Yet at the same time, the world can be a scary place, filled with fantastic monsters and gruesome creatures. My … Continue reading

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Smiles

Last Saturday my grandson said “grandma” for the first time. I was eating breakfast on the deck when my daughter opened a kitchen window and my grandson called out: “Grandma!” I have to admit that I was very excited. By … Continue reading

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A Beach Somewhere

After I posted my last blog about my identity crisis, I sat watching the snow blanket my world. I put on my boots and my parka, whistled for the dogs and went for a walk up my driveway. Snowflakes melted … Continue reading

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Never the Same Way Twice Mac n Cheese

It’s New Year’s Eve.  This time last year (and the nineteen years before that), I was putting the finishing touches on a casserole for a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party.  Today I am chilling champagne for a small family gathering.  … Continue reading

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Morning Reflections

This morning snow is falling.  Already the pine trees look like a Christmas card.  Most of my adult experiences with snow have been at ski resorts.  The snow is there before I am.  So I am still surprised at how … Continue reading

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Gratitude

We learned the story of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth colony in Massachusetts in grade school.  We played at being Native Americans and pilgrims, sharing pumpkin shaped cookies and coloring turkeys.  We were too young to remember the moral of … Continue reading

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