Sharpening the word sword, again

A few weeks ago I found myself alone in Seattle, a luxury I wasn't going to let pass without some revelry of the type suitable for a middle-aged mother the night before a work-related conference. I landed in sideways snow a somewhat sweaty-palmed adventure for a consummate Californian, who truly dislikes the unknown variable of... Continue Reading →

The First Week-A letter to my child

To my eight-year-old daughter, I don't know where to begin. Maybe I can just start with what's in my heart and it's pretty simple but truly profound. You have given me purpose, strength, and focus. Before you were born I struggled and hated almost everything about myself. Seriously, every bit of my persona was up... Continue Reading →

Time after time-Another Year Passes

Some say time is a construct, an arbitrary measure of days passing, marked by a calendar that was created to restore order to holidays surrounding the birth and resurrection of Jesus. We began¬†counting Earth's rotation on January 1 since the year 1582. While arbitrary in the sense that time is meaningless and we're all gonna... Continue Reading →

A Holiday Wish-Rising Above the Blues

Usually this time of year I'm a little ba-humbug about the holidays probably because I don't have a shiny, happy, white, very Brady, Walton's, Little House Christmas. But this year I'm more grateful than usual to spend time with my silly, sensitive, strong, kick-butt, hard working, unorganized, overly consumptive, mixed-up Punjabi-Icelandic-Mexican-Italian-White family. We will make... Continue Reading →

Dismantling: Giving Thanks

It's not hard to find gratitude and I do take thanks in the smallest joys. There is so much to be thankful for even if I'm filled with an extra dose of cynicism this year. Of course, I have my family, friends, health, nature and creativity to fill me with pride and gratitude. I'm very... Continue Reading →

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