What I Learned This Spring

I used the calendar to jog my memory of what took place during the past three months. It is late in the game to make this reflection. Nevertheless, let’s begin.   1 It is worth it to travel for a good haircut. I am sure there are a lot of

Hall Bathroom Remodel Under $1500

Our bathroom was a standard, builder grade bathroom. Immediately upon moving in, we removed the enormous mirror that spanned the wall over the sink and toilet. Should a mirror really be behind a toilet? I think not. I quickly painted one of my go-to colors, a chameleon gray-green-blue called Urban

Blueberry Picking at Vanderhelm Farms

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch For the third year in a row, we took the kids blueberry picking at Vanderhelm Farms. The drive takes us down a road of nostalgia paved while living in the midst of rolling hills of walnut trees. The path down Geer or Albers

One Big way to Welcome Summer

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   Welcome Summer   There are shades of green throughout my backyard: sage green, verdant green and cedar green as the wispy straw color of a thousand weeds spring up where a lawn should be. I sit on a blue-and-white-stripe-cushioned outdoor couch, draped

Forging new paths

Three months and one week since we last walked through the sliding glass doors of sterilized air and woodless surroundings at UCSF. Three months. That seems to be all it takes. In a moment, one day, earlier this week, I felt space in my lungs, I felt relaxed, I felt

Smart technology will not save your life

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch. Reprinted with permission. We are Analog   I read “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter” (2016) by David Sax. It sounded fun as I get looks like “I’m such a bore” when I ask someone not to interact with

Essential Projects for Summer

If you had a chance to sign up to receive the free ebook, A Mother’s Grief: Reflections on the Holy Rosary, click here. This offer ends May 31! I have heard it said Memorial Day kicks unofficially kicks off the summer season.     How will I approach this new

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