Category: The Good Life

What Feels More Real?

Now that that’s over The election is finally nearing an end (as of this writing) and I can hear the celebrations and sighs of relief on one side and the cries of injustice, stolen elections, fear and trembling for the future on the other. I could write that same sentence

Lessons from Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day There is something about raising children that broadens and sharpens my focus on celebration and tradition. It may be their exuberance. It may be their curiosity. Whatever it is, I can safely say my understanding and appreciation of Thanksgiving has grown. For most of

One Weird Thing about Suffering

There are things we will miss One day I will miss the shoes on the floor, the tiny pair, a miniature version of his father’s shoes. There are piles of clothes around the house as I attempt the annual sorting of four outgrown children’s clothes, discerning what to donate, what

Get Real

When I was young I grew up in that age of development when the internet began to spread its web around the wide world. In 6th grade, I spent hours online at my aunt’s house reading poetry from the earliest forms of blogs. In 7th grade, I entered chatrooms. In

How to take the next crisis in stride

The world reopened but then it shut down again. The smoke cleared but then came another hazy day. The heat dissipated but then came another high-temperature, red flag warning wave. Are you in the camp who continues to think, “It will pass. It will pass”? When it passes, do you

Lessons from The Hospital

What a long week it was. It was alarming but not life-altering for my family when the shutdown began in March. When the smoke billowed into the San Joaquin/Central Valley, that changed our lives for the time being. We had just bunked the four older children in one room to

Find Your Way Pandemic Style

I am not a medical expert, but I am a medical mom. As a medical mom, I learned one thing again and again – to adapt. Whether I stayed bedside with my son for a weekend or a month, I  took the same size suitcase and the same toiletry bags.

Manage Your Emotional Bank

When I was a teenager, I wanted to save the world. I wanted to fly to Indonesia to give aid after the tsunami. In my twenties, it was all about laying the path to professionally make a difference. In my thirties, it is now that I realize the world is

What Ism Are you?

Racism is defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group.” Patriotism is a “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.” Conservatism is “the disposition to preserve or restore what is

How do you Meet The Lament?

With pandemic reading coming to a close, I began to read short stories to my husband. First, a little Flannery O’Connor, then to check the item off my to-do list, we settled on the couch and I began reading “The Lament” by Anton Chekhov. The art of the short story

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