Skogskyrkogården_at_All_Saints_Day_2010-4

Today is November 1st–The Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) and All Saints Day. Wikipedia says it has many other names. I think Hallowmas is my favorite from the Christian tradition and Samhain, or summer’s end, from the pre-Christian times. All Souls’ Day follows tomorrow on November 2nd when we remember everyone departed, saintly… READ MORE >>

The Wonders of Grief

Topics: Grief
Photo of Mom's calendar with garden and October 19th circled

October 19, 2018 Today is my mother’s birthday. I thought long about what to do on this day to recognize it and to get myself through it. I decided to make the class I need to help me with the holiday season that starts, for me, today. It is my hope that if you are… READ MORE >>

Labyrinth and EMP

The microphone shook so hard in my right hand that I had to grab it with my left hand to try to steady it. I felt all the usual nervous symptoms–nausea, heart palpitations, and my face was a lovely hue of flaming red. I closed my eyes so I wouldn’t see the faces in the… READ MORE >>

Spielberg quote on dyslexia

I’ve debated writing about this for several years. I haven’t wanted to reveal too much about my young son that he might not want me to say. But something about losing my mother has made me brave. And the more I research and learn about how to help my kid love learning, the more I… READ MORE >>

My mom's white rose

Dear Readers, I cannot yet touch the full subject of losing my mother at the end of May. Most likely, I never will. But I do want to tell you about the beautiful people who have done so much to hold me up. People have mowed my lawn, pulled weeds, packed boxes, bought all the… READ MORE >>

I debated for some time about whether I should share this here. A speech is not the sort of writing thing I usually do and nothing I’ve blogged about in the past. But I did have to write what I said to the audience as the faculty speaker for graduation last week. And I worked… READ MORE >>

“It’s not being brave if you aren’t scared.” “Yes, but I don’t do anything. I don’t fight at all.” “There are many ways to fight. Maybe you just haven’t been ready. But you’ll be ready next time.” “I don’t want a next time.” “My dear Bayani,” said Ruby. there is always a next time.” I… READ MORE >>

Jennifer Rhee

Jennifer Rhee begged her parents for years to let her play the flute. She’d seen someone play at a wedding when she was seven and knew the melodic instrument was for her. Only when she turned nine could her fingers reach the keys so she could begin to study. But ever since that beginning, she’s… READ MORE >>

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