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May 25
Last Monday morning, early, I boarded an airplane to Los Angeles. I began reading as soon as I got settled in my seat. The next thing I knew, we had landed, and my book was precariously wedged between my legs. It was a muggy, gray morning in LA, and I took ...
Last Monday morning, early, I boarded an airplane to Los Angeles. I began reading as soon as I got settled in my seat. The next thing I knew, we had landed, and my book was precariously wedged between my legs. It was a muggy, gray morning in LA, and I took some comfort in that, because I was ...
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Formosa
As I followed my boys around the heart-stopping, rail-free vistas at the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago, I kept thinking about the summer I spent in Taiwan twenty years ago. Something about being at the edge of a precipice reminded me of being a young college...
As I followed my boys around the heart-stopping, rail-free vistas at the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago, I kept thinking about the summer I spent in Taiwan twenty years ago. Something about being at the edge of a precipice reminded me of being a young college student in Asia.
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April 4
One afternoon last week, I spent over three hours trying to drive four miles to pick up Cal from an after-school activity. It was the worst traffic I’d ever been in or even heard of in all my forty-something years. I’ll probably tell my grandchildren about ...
One afternoon last week, I spent over three hours trying to drive four miles to pick up Cal from an after-school activity. It was the worst traffic I'd ever been in or even heard of in all my forty-something years. I'll probably tell my grandchildren about it someday. I sat for something like an ...
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March 21
Cal has been studying Buddhism as a part of his fourth grade’s unit on world religions; the pictures are from a field trip to a Buddhist monastery earlier this week. The other day, as I was putting together a batch of oatmeal cookies Abbott asked to intervi...
The other day, as I was putting together a batch of oatmeal cookies Abbott asked to interview me for his humanities class. He wanted to know about how my life, now, is the same as, and different than, it was before he was born. I said, “For the record, a good day in my book has always involved ...
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March 1
Yesterday felt like it ought to be March 1. As Alexi prepared for work – occasional weekend work is just one of those things most physicians have to do – Nelly and I went for a walk in twilight that barely illuminated the light frost on rooftops; the magnol...
Yesterday felt like it ought to be March 1. As Alexi prepared for work – occasional weekend work is just one of those things most physicians have to do – Nelly and I went for a walk in twilight that barely illuminated the light frost on rooftops; the magnolias and camellias and their petal snow.
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Inheritance
I started this blog six (!!!!) years ago, and in that time, friends, you have been very good to me. You keep stopping by, and you say the nicest things. I’ve taken great pleasure in sharing stories here. Somewhere along the way, I hatched the idea of writin...
I started this blog six (!!!!) years ago, and in that time, friends, you have been very good to me. You keep stopping by, and you say the nicest things. I've taken great pleasure in sharing stories here. Somewhere along the way, I hatched the idea of writing a book containing the stories that ...
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a comforting repetitiveness
Abbott will text me any minute now with a question, or information he wants to pass on, as he does every day during his lunch period. I’ll respond, and then snap a picture of Nelly and send that on to him, too, as I do. I am especially thankful for the Int...
Abbott will text me any minute now with a question, or information he wants to pass on, as he does every day during his lunch period. I'll respond, and then snap a picture of Nelly and send that on to him, too, as I do. I am especially thankful for the Internet when I get his texts.
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April 14
images from the Grand Canyon; Scottsdale and environs; Taliesin We got home from the Southwest this past Sunday afternoon. My sister and I and our families, and sometimes my brother and his family, converge from opposite coasts to spend our kids’ spring bre...
images from the Grand Canyon; Scottsdale and environs; Taliesin We got home from the Southwest this past Sunday afternoon. My sister and I and our families, and sometimes my brother and his family, converge from opposite coasts to spend our kids' spring breaks together, and we've gotten good at ...
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March 26
When I was twenty-eight I was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of breast cancer. After my surgeon explained my options to me, I asked, “What would you do?” She was silent for a moment, and then she replied, “I don’t know. I can tell you what I think I...
When I was twenty-eight I was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of breast cancer. After my surgeon explained my options to me, I asked, “What would you do?” She was silent for a moment, and then she replied, “I don't know. I can tell you what I think I would do, but I can't possibly predict ...
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a thing or two about self-sufficiency
Though we live ten minutes from downtown Seattle, our home feels more remotely located than anywhere I’ve ever lived. The base of a bluff abuts one side of our street; Elliott Bay, the other. At our juncture of woods and sea there is an amalgam of life. Bla...
Though we live ten minutes from downtown Seattle, our home feels more remotely located than anywhere I've ever lived. The base of a bluff abuts one side of our street; Elliott Bay, the other. At our juncture of woods and sea there is an amalgam of life. Blackberries grow maniacally down the ...
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the pitch of concentration
Wow. I’m not sure what to say. I’m honored and humbled, not to mention galvanized, by your cheering . Thank you, thank you, thank you ! In the final hours of our winter break yesterday I stared into an empty refrigerator, hoping to conjure something for boy...
In the final hours of our winter break yesterday I stared into an empty refrigerator, hoping to conjure something for boys who now eat two peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for their mid-morning snack. I found a bunch of brown bananas mysteriously hidden at the back of the lowest shelf, ...
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I'd pause to see
I made breakfast in barely discernible dawn that would have been darkness a week ago, a waning gibbous moon to the west. Camellia petal snow covers our deck, a haze of pink out the dining room windows. Alexi and I started dating at this time of year. He’d r...
I made breakfast in barely discernible dawn that would have been darkness a week ago, a waning gibbous moon to the west. Camellia petal snow covers our deck, a haze of pink out the dining room windows. Alexi and I started dating at this time of year. He'd recently moved to Seattle from Minnesota ...
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