Worlds apart

it is good to hear the tale of someone who has met success by being inspired and following through.  -David Adamshick The fluorescent lights always buzzed. Sometimes, after being there for a long time, I wore them like a heavy coat I couldn’t wait to take off at home. The plastic seat with the writing…

Giving it away

So anyone who has ever walked outside their home may have come across a beggar. And in some places, like here in Oregon, the beggars have learned that perching themselves at freeway exits or near where alot of cars have to stop and then start can be a good place to beg, because people give…

Walking with a 2-year old

She whose name means “wild, natural and beautiful” in this red poncho picture soaked her clothes with a sneaker wave at Pacific City, and like a true champion, rode home in her underpants without a complaint. My youngest daughter is 2 and a half.  I get several quality hours with just her a couple times…

Turning older: The funny walk stress relief technique

Lately I have been thinking, mentally preparing to turn 40.  It’s not a very big deal, but for the first time I feel compelled to acts of physical prowess just because.  Which means I am sure to hurt myself very soon. In the course of a lifetime, people mostly learn how to deal with things…

A new kind of preschool

In round about the end of 2009,  our tidy little finances came smashing all apart. It didn’t take much, adjusting to less income, a minor catastrophe, unexpected large expenses, adjustments and other things that are part of life, still husband and I  looked at our decimated pocketbook. Post car purchase, post minor home mess, we…

Near to my heart

As the person in our family who has to chase down situations in which we are being treated unfairly or not receiving credit or generally have to deal with the big draconian situation with government employees…. I wish I could have made this video. But I am glad he did.  Basically, on a flight he…

Loaves and Fishes: How the masses were fed in 20 minutes

The plan is to make dinner about three times a week, with the other nights being leftovers or scrounge nights.  So typically I make a big amount of whatever I make.  However, the Hawaiian skewers I made last night went fast. So tonight, I was kinda doing the low key summer lowbrow meal kinda thing,…

Photo essay: Twin Rocks

This weekend our family went to Twin Rocks to RETREAT!!!!  That is really a good word, it’s like treat and re-treat. It was a treat.  Sylvie and I just hung around while A and J brushed up on their putting. Since A was sporting a Mr. T look, I kept trying to get her to…

Malcolm X book report

“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock — that rock landed on us.” Every now and then I get really curious about something.  Once it was the Amish.  Once it was the Holocaust.  Currently,…

Cold

The thought occurred to me this week “What if the temp lingers between 34 and 59 degrees all summer?” like it has this spring.  Actually, 59 is balmy. I think I am listening to NPR too much and all their sounding of the environmental crisis alarm bells.

Things that change people forever

I had a friend when I was younger. G and I would talktalktalktalktalktalk talk about everything, but mostly about religion. I never was one of those “The bible said it, I believe it and that is the end of it” sorts. I had to think about it, turn it over and look at it. Scratch…

MF, likely will never know how much I appreciated her.

Last we left off I dragged MF and Olga out in the middle of downtown Vladimir, Russia in a snow storm in order to pick up a package sent from my parents. Olga was in the midst of mourning her lost dad and I in my single-minded focus on the package was oblivious. By the…