It's been a year. Whether we should throw up some high fives because we survived or just throw up I'm not sure. I’ve read several reflections on the passing of our one year pandemic anniversary, but I'm not sure I'm ready for any kind of real reflection. I’ve learned that with any significant event, writing… Continue reading Week 52: One Year Later
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I scroll through the channels to find my favorite, not that it matters. Today, they’re all airing the same thing. The sound is turned down low but the yellow jacket and red headband draw me in like a magnet. I turn up the sound. Amanda Gorman is etching a moment in time. The newscaster says… Continue reading Inauguration Day
Week 33: Ode to School Pictures
Is it weird that of all the things I could be missing about this school year, one of the things I’m missing most is school pictures? It’s not like I don’t have tens of thousands of pictures of my kids. I do (and more). School pictures are not unique. They do not showcase gorgeous scenery,… Continue reading Week 33: Ode to School Pictures
Week 26: 2AM Worries
Originally published September 14 on Medium Last weekend was hot. Not the heavy, sticky hot of an East Coast heat wave — where you know a thunderstorm will eventually tamp the humidity. The Southern California heat felt like an oven door left open, ready to burn what lies too close. The sun now casts… Continue reading Week 26: 2AM Worries
Weeks Summer/Mid-Summer: What’s Worse? A Story.
Originally published July 20 on Medium Once upon a time there lived a family in a lovely village with lovely people. They enjoyed going to school and seeing their friends and playing outside. One winter, the family heard all sorts of rumors about an invisible bug that floated in the air and was making people… Continue reading Weeks Summer/Mid-Summer: What’s Worse? A Story.
Weeks 12/13: Keep Trying
Originally published June 22 on Medium This week we drove to school to turn in some of the materials the kids shoved haphazardly in their book bags on March 13. We left the end-of-year drop off with a bag full of half used school supplies, hopeful paintings of scarecrows and snowmen, and a summer packet.… Continue reading Weeks 12/13: Keep Trying
Weeks 10/11: Into the History Books
Originally published June 2 on Medium Photo by Elina Krima from Pexels What I have to say about life in a pandemic doesn’t seem particularly important this week. But this space has always been about what it feels like, to me, to live in this moment. This week feels like when you can hear electricity… Continue reading Weeks 10/11: Into the History Books
Weeks 8/9: Stop Waiting
Originally publish May 21 on Medium I don’t know that I have a consistent writing process but the closest I have goes like this: open a blank page, stare at it for several minutes, get up for a drink, sit back down, type a few words, get up to get a snack, sit back down,… Continue reading Weeks 8/9: Stop Waiting
Weeks 6/7: Balancing Act
Originally published May 7 This week there’s been a quiet buzz, barely perceptible but impossible to ignore — like a scent you can’t place, or a piece of grass grazing your leg, or a hint of cinnamon in a chocolate chip cookie. Our beaches have partially opened (no chairs, no blankets, no sunbathing; yes surfing, yes… Continue reading Weeks 6/7: Balancing Act
Weeks 5/6: Us and Them
Originally published April 27 on Medium They’re protesting because they want to be able to go to the park and the beach. I know, we do too. But we’re going to wait until its safe. Well, I guess they think it is safe. Because there is a lot that we don’t know about this virus… Continue reading Weeks 5/6: Us and Them