Monthly Archives: November 2009

Memories. Choose your hues.

The holidays are a most … interesting time, when it comes to family dynamics.  Typically, this season is filled with hope, wonder and magic – which, for me, means: “I hope nobody argues at the dinner table and I wonder if we’ll make it through the evening peacefully.  Boy, if we do, that will be some fancy magic.”  Sometimes, the turkey carcass isn’t the only carnage left behind at a holiday meal.   Growing up, I always wondered if other […]

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Dry crust of bread + good company = Holiday!

One of the things I never thought I’d be thankful for, but time changes many things (including our minds and hearts), is my unconventional family, especially at Thanksgiving.  Having a somewhat wacky family means no true annual traditions and seeing that Norman Rockwell imagery of an American Thanksgiving a thousand and one times growing up, I disliked that.  A lot.  But over the years, I have come to appreciate my lifetime of unusual, but incredibly memorable, Turkey Days.   In […]

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Tie One on Day.

One of my all time favorite things in my kitchen is my collection of aprons.  Yup, aprons.  I have quite a selection from half aprons to full aprons and use them all.  Besides the sensible, logical aspects of an apron like — keeping your clothes clean and having a socially acceptable place to wipe your damp hands … they’re cute.  Darn cute.   While most of my aprons have logos or patterns on them, I have one favorite apron that […]

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The underbelly of me. Like it, or not.

Is it possible that we all have days when we think to ourselves, “Would anybody even like us – if they knew the real us?”   The answers, of course, are … sure we do and yes they would.  Everyone has someone they like or love despite their weird or quirky habits.  One of the best bumper stickers I ever saw? — Everyone is Somebody Else’s Geek.  That logic, right there, was one reason I could embrace the goofy movie Napoleon […]

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Captain Underpants Saves the Day

My son is just starting to read.  Never mind that he’s 13 years old, I couldn’t be prouder that he’s finally taken an interest in the idea of reading a book at all.  His autism has seriously hampered his ability to digest words, since language processing plays a big part when you’re trying to read.  It takes him longer than the average bear to get through one sentence at a time, whether hearing it or attempting to read it.  But, […]

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Poppies, poppies…

In the film the Wizard of Oz, the main characters come upon a great field of poppies and overcome with fatigue, two of them drop to sleep where they stand.  The imagery was powerful to me as a little girl, because poppies represented Veteran’s Day, having always gone with my Grandpa Andy to the cemetery to honor our heroes, stopping along the way to buy poppies to pin to our shirts.  To see Dorothy fall to the ground, surrounded by the […]

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Airport Appeal

Yesterday, my daughter and I got to spend all night in and out of various airports on our way to Washington (the lovely green state, not the Washington currently lacking “green”, D.C.).  We started at the airport in Burbank, making our way to Seattle and ultimately to Pullman, WA – which has a one-building airport where the rental car company left me directions to fetch my keys after hours from a 2nd drawer behind their counter.   For me, airports […]

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