It All Started Out So Well…

We had planned for this yesr’s boat parade, that Rosie could join, if we towed the canoe behind us. Everyone was game. Except Rosie, who jumped ship before she had a chance to even make one lap around the lake and make her appearance ....more

Wishing Independence for All…

One of the reasons I...more

afternoon in hyde park

we'd agreed to meet up with blake's auntie stef (d's aunt) for a late afternoon run around hyde park and blake was most excited. they'd last met when he was five months ago in perth and now we're all in a whole new place....more

Our Family Is As American As Apple Pie

This Fourth of July was looking like a washout for our family. Rain for days and days. No community fireworks ....more

Immigrant Story: The First Fourth of July

 It's the end of our day, but my grandmother is packing sliced sausage, a metal tin of saltines, and bottles of Hamm's beer into a brown box. My mother calls out to my father to remember the bottle opener. We are, the entire houseful of us, readying to take flight. I look outside the kitchen window and see near darkness. Where can we be going, and packing food for it? I chew on my thumbnail and my Abuela reminds me to stop or she will dip my finger in aji again. I pull my thumb out. ...more

Summer Ponytail Styles

We live in a state with cold, snowy winters that can be hard on fine little girl hair. But I almost think summer is worse. With sun, and swimming, and running around, and tumbling and chasing and bike riding and all the other hair-tangling activities little girls do, mine...more

Indulgent Dessert Inspired Popsicles

Your favorite desserts, frozen on a stick! You’ll be the coolest gal at the block party when you serve up these dessert inspired popsicles. Homemade popsicles are in themselves a rare delicacy when freezer pops and Klondike bars are sitting pretty and premade in the grocer’s freezer ....more

Geetha’s what to watch: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, and Amy

Geetha’s back with another set of great reviews for this July 4 weekend, and so is Arnold! Check out TERMINATOR GENISYS, MAGIC MIKE XXL and AMY below, and don’t forget to follow Geetha on Twitter here. TERMINATOR GENISYS Photo: The Terminator Fans And he’s back! ...more

As if it Meant More

I'm reminded of C.S. Lewis' description of the new Narnia in the final book of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle....more

A Day I Hold Dear

It is a day in Washington, D.C. It is a day in Huntington Beach, when a cousin set fire to his hand as well as to a firecracker. It is a day at Hickam AFB on Oahu. It is a day in Baltimore, in Long Beach Island, NJ, in Novato, CA, and, most poignantly, in Cocoa Beach.It's not yet the anniversary of my Dad's death, but it's damn close ....more