Exhaling: Domestic life.

June ranks right up there with December as one of the busiest months for us, because the kids come, school ends, we go to Redding and this year both Jeff and I took 2 trips to California. While the calendar doesn’t say so, June, for us is over. And that is alright by me. All…

Stepmom (for a few weeks) and high school reunions.

I am a stepmom for about 3 weeks of the year. Is it strange? Well of course. How can I pretend to be anything more than a prosthetic of something these kids already have? But for 3 weeks of the year, they leave the Wyoming RV park they call home and they come to the…

O Happy Day

The last day. I am 23 weeks pregnant and I have seldom been more distracted. All I was able to think about those last several days was: When can I eat again? What will I eat? What do I want to eat? How long will I get to eat? Absentmindedness abounds. Am forgetting everything except…

New favorite African Destination

Zanzibar. Off the coast of Tanzania. On the east coast of Africa. Known as the Spice Islands. Sorry Fitena, you are not here to defend Mauritius, which has held the title of best African destination for a looooong time. But you are being bumped. Zanzibar. When most Americans hear the word Zanzibar, they think Spice…