Expect the Unexpected

I am on my second week of life unscripted. For me, that means that after the second cup of coffee, I set the agenda for the day. Yeah, I’m somewhat of a control freak—just ask my children. But I have realized we cannot simply set aside a period of time where we go merrily down […]

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Summer: The Best Is Yet to Come

We celebrated the last big event of the season. On July 7, our grandson Zeke and his fiancé, Lexi, were married in an outdoor ceremony. Behind them was a chapparal-covered hill. A manicured park surrounded the couple and their guests. The ceremony seemed almost ethereal—most likely because I have seldom seen two people more in […]

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I’m Okay

Lately, I have had several conversations with friends I don’t see often. These chats invariably start with the question, “How are you?”—emphasis on the “are,” looking the person in the eye with genuine interest. I guess you would call this type of interaction “catching up.” But here is the interesting thing. Every single person I […]

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The Garden in Drought

Looking out at the park today, the chapparal-covered mountains are dusty green between huge granite outcroppings. Below, the open spaces where wild grasses and wildflowers grow abundantly during spring, the land is golden with dark-green dots of brush here and there. Last vestiges of spring grow where chapparal and open space meet. Here, the last […]

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Milestones

Father’s Day is coming up, and it seems a fitting cap to an interesting time in the family. Last Wednesday was our youngest grandson, Jaden’s, graduation from 8th grade. Now, I’m not a fan of graduation ceremonies, but this one was poignant. In the past year, Jaden has grown 4 inches, his voice is changing, and […]

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Graduations, Holidays, and Weddings . . . Oh My!

Not to mention plays, dinners, parties, lunches out, the grands’ games, and annual doctors’ appointments. (How did that happen?) The June calendar is so jammed that I’m exhausted just looking at it! I’ve even started thinking, One event at a time. Sure, there are blocks of time here and there, but the black ink is beginning […]

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Looking for Good

When an event occurs in the world that makes us suck in our breath in horror, not only do we experience whatever happened once, but it is repeated in all the forms of media we dip into. Soon we start sharing our dismay and sadness among ourselves and in groups, and I believe that is […]

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Ending the Day on a High Note

Sometimes a day takes an unexpected turn. That happened to me recently, and it all started with a change in routine. Normally, Ted and I go for our walk in the late afternoon, but this day was hot, so we went after dinner—and that made all the difference. It all started when we were walking […]

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In the Meantime . . .

This week we went to the Central Coast for a few days, and while it was relaxing, there was a cloud shadowing this getaway, much like the foggy mornings. While we were there, John’s ankle really started to bother him, so while he rested, I went out and shot some photos of this beautiful part […]

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