Holidays

Christmas Wishes

Callie wishes that you may always have a place of retreat when things feel too scary. Milo wishes that you may remember that love is more important than dignity. Kikaa wishes that you can always have someone you love close by. And may we all remember to take care of each other.

New Year Ahead

I watched Jaws a couple of days ago. I haven’t seen it in years. There were moments when it really had me tense and other moments where I could see exactly how fake the mechanical shark looked. The scene that sticks in my mind is the one with all the people splashing and playing in …

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Merry Christmas

Church Breakfast Stockings Family Laughing Wrapping paper That one weird present everyone boggles over The present which is exactly what a person was hoping for The present that was handmade and tailored to the recipient The gift that doesn’t work out of the box and will need to be exchanged The note card which says …

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Happy New Year

I put up the new wall calendar today. The calendar used to be the scheduling hub of the entire household. On it were all the appointments and events. If something needed to be remembered, it went on the calendar. These days most of the appointments never even get written on the wall calendar. They’re hidden …

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The Day After Christmas

On the day after Christmas I spend time trying to remember what I was doing before the holiday took over all my available project-focused energy. I also spend time reading and playing a game with my kids. Howard is more focused than I am, he’s back at the drawing table, ready to get the work …

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Smashed

It was not the outcome that anyone intended, yet somehow we ended up with shards of something that used to be whole. The shards were sharp, able to do more harm if they were not handled carefully. This is the story of many of my days these past couple of years. It is the story …

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Christmas Tree

It is a Christmas tree like many others. Some Christmas trees are gorgeous, a treat for the eyes, and a thing for admiration. Mine is lovely, but in an ordinary way. If you were to line up my tree with a dozen others, it wouldn’t win any prizes, at least not if the judges were …

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The Gift of a Cat

I’ve written about our cat before: how I found her, how we had to give her back, how she chose to come back to us, and how she became ours permanently. She has been ours since 2010 and she adds a lot to our lives. I thought my allergies would mean I could never have …

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