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

Photos of the Week (with a mini-home tour)

I spent the week in San Francisco with Peter just sight-seeing (wishful thinking). Actually, we spent four days in the hospital, his first admission in 5 1/2 months. It was a virus which caused repeated fevers, but for this little guy with a Broviac, it means we must go in

A Strange Year

It was a strange year. On one hand, we experience the greatest sorrow imaginable in our young lives, our child died. The first quarter of the year was filled with a deep sorrow. After she died, I looked around and asked myself, what is life to be like now? In

How does it feel to be home?

How does it feel to be home? Well… The long answer: I go from being afraid for his life to seeing him run down the hallway, squealing at his siblings’ antics. I go from him being watched by brilliant medical professionals to being the primary eyes on him. I go

How I settle in at home

There is a reliable course I follow to settle back into home following a hospitalization. First, I unpack. If I do not unpack immediately, it can take weeks. It is so unsatisfying to spend two weeks procrastinating unpacking, finally unpack, and then have to leave again. Better to get it out

Managing a hospitalization with little ones at home

I often think about how, in some ways, emotionally managing Peter’s condition is easier because I can compare him to my other children. Having other healthy children has protected me from the self-blame, and shown me Peter is learning and growing like a normal, non-medically complicated child. That said, there

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