Category: Family

Schoolyard Bullies

I walk the line between wanting to live in the USA, close to my family there, and feeling horrified by repeated mass murders.  My US family members are all lovely, peaceful, law-abiding folks who are outraged at gun violence. Every time. They don’t keep guns under their beds […]

A Mixed Bag

This weekend our main street hosted a festival of art, music, and food. It is called Kaleido which is Greek for beautiful form, and that is a perfect description for the festival, for the individual works of art, and for the neighbourhood. As I walked along the street […]

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What’s That Sound?

When the house is quiet, I hear sounds that I don’t recognize and cannot place. There are clicks and whirrs from appliances, creaks from wood expanding and contracting, and various other sounds that bother me. It is disconcerting when the fridge sounds as though water is dripping, even […]

Wait…What?

Sometimes I see something on my Facebook page and think “How is it possible that you are my friend?” How could someone in my social and family circle say something, or repost something, that is so diametrically opposed to my own way of thinking? Occasionally, I see something […]

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Sweeping Changes

I am listening to my son doing housework upstairs. It warms a mother’s heart. So does this week’s news about same-sex marriage in the United States. It has been a long time coming but heartwarming all the same.  For too long, many parents have felt embarrassed, ashamed, or ambivalent […]

Your Call Is Important To Us

Automated telephone menus followed by musical Pablum are making people sick. I’ll tell you why. I’ve been spending the last few weeks trying to keep my health maintenance on schedule, and it has been time-consuming. I have to find a new doctor, dentist, and optometrist because I am new to […]

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Call Me Impressed

Caitlyn Jenner was on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last week and created her own Twitter account. She has also created a firestorm of interest in transgender issues. This has been coming for a long time, and most people have noticed Jenner’s appearance changing over the years. […]

Passing Thoughts

That could be me.  That’s what occurred to me when I saw a news story out of San Francisco about a mummified body being found in a house. It turned out that the house belonged to a hoarder and the body was the remains of her mother—it’s a […]

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Any Second Now…

My brain is buzzing. I haven’t had enough sleep. My brother-in-law is in the hospital and I’m waiting to hear how he is doing. I am also trying to reclaim my car that was damaged in a fender-bender I spent an inordinate amount of time on hold with […]

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Lessons Learned

In August 2007 I was in a serious car accident that caused me to have fractured vertebrae in my neck and a long convalescence. After a few months, my friend Jean asked me what was the lesson that I had to learn from the experience.  The following was […]

Care For The Aged

There is a building in San Jose that conjures up warm memories for those who grew up around here. It reminds them of childhood, family togetherness, and the friendly man who ran the store. It was a bicycle shop called Faber’s Cyclery, and it caught fire in 2013. […]

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Let’s All Say “Merry Christmas”

A friend recently posted on Facebook a Peanuts cartoon image by Charles Schulz together with the words “It’s really strange. America is the largest Christian Nation in The world, and we can’t say “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!!“ *  Unfortunately, this statement suffers from a number of inaccuracies. The United States does, indeed, […]

Culling Photographs

I’m coming to terms with my slightly obsessive collections of things, and have been forced to make hard choices about what to keep since I moved from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment. Right now, the focus is on my collection of photographs. From the early 1970’s […]