Help For Those of Us Triggered By New Fires

5 Things I’ve Learned Since the 2017 North Bay Fires The sunlight through the smoke in Sonoma County cast an eerie red light on the kitchen floor last week.  In an instant, it all came flooding back.  I instinctively grabbed my laptop.  I checked Cal Fire, the local newspaper, and the Northern California Firestorm Update Facebook […]

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A BBQ: Remembering the Fires

The irony wasn’t lost on me. After waiting forever for the tri-tip steak to cook over the coals (as we always do), I sliced up the garlic bread, and tossed the salad.  Calling the kids in out of the pool, we passed around paper plates, and settled in to feast.  Summer was made for times […]

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How to Write as a Mom of Littles

I should be sleeping right now.  But I’m typing. Because, here’s the thing:  I love to write.  I always have.  It’s been my dream from childhood.  Real life dreams can rob us of our sleep at times.  But they feel worth it, don’t they? Along with writing, I had other dreams.  To my great luck, […]

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Why We NEED Each Others’ Stories

I flexed my foot to stretch my calf while we were stopped.  I bent down and fished my water bottle out of the stroller.  My friend’s stroller was parked just ahead of mine.  Our toddler boys reclined in their man-carts, happily stuffing themselves with snacks.   I hadn’t been on our usual trail in a […]

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How to “4th of July” with Littles

I remember as a kid we had a crazy dog.  The 4th of July was always disaster with him.  Whatever happened to him before he became ours, I’ll never know.    We lived about 5 miles from the fireworks, at the time.  There were years when we left him in the yard while we drove […]

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Noticing Kick

What do you do, as a blogger, when you feel dry for content? I was asking myself this question.  A little while ago, I began a weekly posting schedule for myself on my blog.  I had a great first few weeks.  I posted on Thursdays, as per scheduled.  I uploaded multiple pics on Instagram.  I […]

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“I Love Your Jacket”

He leaned in and pointed a finger straight at me.  I had been meaning to introduce myself to him for months.  You see, my friend has a grown daughter, whom this young man has been dating for a while.  He may actually become a future member of their family.  So, in our circle of people, […]

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Beneath “Fine”

“Fine!  I’m fine.  Everything’s fine.”  I shrugged at my husband.  He held a curious glance at me that weeknight while I shoved another load of laundry into the dryer.  Just then, an angry shriek from the girls’ room pierced the house like the ring in a bull’s nose.  I froze mid-load, back bowed, and braced […]

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The Lullaby of Willows

Lately I’ve been distracted. Pulled at.  Parched. The tiny portions I try to put back into my own tank have in no way made up for the amount that’s been spilled out. The now hollowed-out spaces I am trying to fill on my own end up filled only with impatience, and worry, and fear, and with […]

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Running Hot

I was about 10 years old, I think. And I was in the backseat of our car, as it was flying down a country road in the middle of the night. Everything outside my window was pitch black, except for the beam of the headlights illuminating the yellow road reflectors as they whizzed up to […]

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