An Easter Shout-out…

Easter is a religious holiday, not unlike Christmas, that has become so much more about all the other stuff – cards, gifts, goodies, and family gatherings – than the religious significance.  I am not necessarily complaining about it, merely recognizing it.  All the kitsch and family tradition that goes along with Easter has dwarfed the…
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Niloufar Is One Of Us.

Today we celebrated the birthday of Cory’s girlfriend Niloufar. Her actual birthday is on April 15th, but this was the day when we could bring the whole clan together.  We were together two weeks prior for Cheyenne’s birthday and two weeks before that for the birthdays of Cory and my dad.  We will have a…
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#3 Child, #2 Son, #1 Creative Soul

I never ceases to amaze me how different all my children are.  The family thread runs through them and connects them in varying ways that make them part of the colorful eclectic that is our family, but each stand as their own unique prism.   I believe this is true of all people and all…
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Resilience In The Alternative…

I still have many friends in Southern California from my decades in the state.  But as for family, my brother, nephews, and niece are the only family still living there.  I realize each time I talk to my brother how isolated he is out there.  His father and both his siblings and their families are…
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Feliz Navidad…pass The Enchiladas!

Today my kin will gather to celebrate Christmas Eve. We will do all the things that are expected at such gatherings – eat, drink, and be merry.  Between now and then, I will make an inordinate number of enchiladas and homemade tortilla chips for my contribution to our holiday meal.  Our family loves a Mexican…
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