The Column Continues

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch …as such, this piece refers specifically to my time reporting for the newspaper and my column, Here’s to the Good Life! The day begins at 6:00 a.m. with my toddler singing “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.” Some mornings I hide my

Happy New Year!

I do not want to look back. I do not want to count my blessings from the past year because it means 2017 is even further away, that the time in my life when Celeste was alive is even further away. One year ago, my husband and I looked back

Five Essential Books for When Your Baby is in the Hospital

When your baby is ill, the world seems to stop. Sitting one that hospital couch, as he lay sleeping in the hospital crib, I stared out the hospital window at other hospital parents in the hospital yard, eating their meal because we were not supposed to eat in the Pediatric

Are You a Caregiver Burning Out?

I am a caregiver. Maybe you are, too. Maybe you have your mother’s pill box in your purse to deliver it every week to her. Maybe you quit your job after your child was born to monitor his breathing. Maybe you get your father out of bed in the morning

How we Managed a Road Trip with Four Kids and a Broviac, Part 2

  Part 2   We came. We saw. We conquered. We traveled.     Usually I’ll go to San Diego to hang out with my parents if I want to unwind. – Mario Lopez     Questions about the little guy? I suppose it wouldn’t be a faithful retelling of

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

Photos of the Week (vii)

Childlike wonder makes everything clearer (photo from Vintage at the Yard). When summer comes I’ll look out this window to see nothing other than a beautiful mess of green from this tree. The sky after the rain is a powerful thing. We’ve seen many such skies in the past week.

Photos of the week (v)

It’s all personal today! Recently, we drove the 2.5 hours to Monterrey to visit the Aquarium. I love Pacheco Pass. I find the hills breathtaking. Preparations began for Miriam’s First Holy Communion. I decided to take out my wedding dress, which I love but had not laid eyes on since

Life Moves Pretty Fast

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch. Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Do you have a routine for every day? I do. Perhaps you read about the joy I take in routine and

Photos from the Week iii

Not a photograph but still a snapshot from life. Recently published at Mind and Spirit, a more vulnerable piece by me about my struggle with scruples. Small town Life Small town life means affordable performances in small settings – Pippi Longstocking come to CSU Stanislaus. It means police come to

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