Quiet Treasures

Who was this mysterious man who was known to us as Joseph, Joe, or Joey, or Bro, or Uncle Joe, or Hon?From the time he was a little baby, I figured out how to "read" Joe.  I learned what each subtle body movement meant.  His facial expressions were actually quite loud.  Sometimes his eyes alone would tell a whole story.His teachers would say to me,"Joseph is a good student, but he is so quiet."...more

Life, Interrupted

Maybe it was seeing Angelina Jolie profiled on "60 Minutes" last night. Though the life of the glamorous movie star has nothing to do with this blog post, the title of her 1999 movie ("Girl, Interrupted") popped into my mind this evening as I sat down to write. Writing generally comes easily to me but this is one of those instances where it feels right to slow down just a bit. After all, there's nothing like sobering news to bring you back down to Earth after a long holiday weekend in the company of people you love....more

NaBloPoMo 26 - Hoka Hey

 Hoka Hey - It is a good time to die....more

Author Anne McCaffrey Dead at 85

Prolific and famed sci-fi/fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series, died Monday. She was 85. ...more
Oh, I so loved her work when I discovered it in my 20s, a very long time ago. Air and Fire, the ...more

Pop: Until We Meet Again

 My dad, 86, passed away from us yesterday. He leaves his wife Nancy of 63 years, 5 children, their spouses, seven grandkids, two great-grands.He was a loving husband, a good father, a diligent worker, a sometimes difficult man, extremely modest about his achievements, a great cook, WW II combat vet (Iwo Jima/occupied Japan), quick with the one-liners and loved to laugh....more
@DesiValentine4 Thank you so, sweet Desi and Karen Lynn.more

Respecting death

When I was in my twenties, I used to like to hang out in cemeteries. Especially old,very old cemeteries. I'd take walks through them, or sit on a stone bench and eat lunch. Sometimes I'd write in my journal. Or, I'd just sit....more

Dear Co-sleeping Moms:

By now I'm sure we've all seen the Milwaukee ads that indicate that co-sleeping = death. They are very upsetting. Two of them show babies sleeping with knives, the other show the family bed headed by a tombstone. They have us all talking.I know you think the ads are directed at you. I bet you think that Mayor Barrett is vehemently against co-sleeping and is judging you. I bet you think the whole world is judging you now, don't you? And maybe they are. But the ads, they are not directed at you. However, this blog post is....more


His laugh, low and husky, always makes me smile.  Not a man to rush, he enjoys the moments of his life, no matter how big or small.  'Things have a way of working themselves out," he always tells me.  For a littl...more
Thank you all for your comments. It's hard to believe that something that has lived in my ...more

Missing My Dad

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of losing my dad suddenly to a heart attack. I’m dreading going through the day, and yet somehow relieved and more than a little amazed that life does really go on – somehow we’ve all managed to live an entire year of our lives – our annual trips to Yosemite, Lake Siskiyou, the beach house in Aptos, and a year’s worth of birthdays – without him....more

The passage

“The person who might take us out of the ice, who might psychically free us… is not necessarily going to be the one to whom we belong. It may be… another of those magical but fleeting events that again came along when we least expected it, an act of kindness from a passing stranger… Whatever it may be, it is a time when [that] spirit, in one way or another, feeds us, pulls us out, shows us the secret passage…” – Clarissa Pinkola Estés  ...more