Ideas I love: Kintsugi

Several years back there was a violent death of five individuals that touched our family.  All the deaths were born out of generational trauma and the ultimate price was paid by a brilliant and beautiful young man and four members of a marginalized group of people doing nothing more than going to the doctor in another…

what it looked like when…

the problem with showing pictures is that to some people it looks like a nauseating display of “perfect family,”  I can assure you I chose not the easy road in marriage, as I am wont to do.  However, perhaps this proclivity to difficulty has made me that much more appreciative of the small things. this…

Oregon Coast 2015

This summer, for the first time ever, we decided to take one 2 week long camping trip.  I didn’t realize what this was, this camping for 2 weeks thing.  Originally we were going to go to Yellowstone, but for uninteresting reasons, we settled on going down the part of the Oregon Coast we had not…

August

August is a beautiful time of the year. The rest of the calendar waits for August. Like honey it arrives so slowly, and lasts never quite long enough… but while August is here the indulgences that might have to be stolen the rest of the year are welcome, right and timely. The ice cream outing…

My next trick…

I have been writing here for 10 years.  See…? Places I have lived and the the first on wordpress… Shameless Adeline, yes her, was a mere babe.  So much life here!  And as I go through it, there is so much change. But I have been wanting to move on.  A decade is a good run….

Graduating.

Traveler, there is no road.

Make the road by going.

By going, you make the way

Half of 2015 in pictures

See this face?  The center of my days, the middle of my schedule, the priority of many of my hours are right here.  Today’s activity? Tea Party, of course.  Because when 6 asks you to her tea party, naturally, we are “Delighted!” Because it is no small thing. She even prepared real tea. In Russia my…

Playing Candyland.

When a 6-year old calls out to you, “Let’s play Candyland!”, how do you respond? Someone in our house is continually trying to throw Candyland away.  Trying to convince the kids they are “too old for Candyland,”  (whaaat?) Perhaps the most important part of my job these days is saying, “Ok, Candyland, not Uno?” and…

Changing directions, getting muddy and redeeming mess

Not so long ago an educational program was started.  The goals were to have conversations about things dear to the heart, to hear other ideas, to meet other people, to read some different books and have some new thoughts. Unfortunately, the educational program was located a tad far from the home, and so the online…

Diversity

This is a repost from about 10 years ago. Writing 121 was a required course for all undergraduates.  In that class we were assigned to write a paper on Diversity. I didn’t really know what was meant by “diversity”. For some people it means many races, for some it means just black and white, for…

What I know and don’t know

There is a rumor out there that it never sunshines in the Pacific Northwest. It is true in Olympia, Washington. But elsewhere, well, I’ll never tell the truth about that.  Today there was a surprising deluge though.  It was in fact magnificent.  It defied all my attempts at appropriate attire.  The boots were in the…