A Climb Up the Mountain (in Pictures)

Living in the desert in the summer can be a form of sensory deprivation. The sky becomes so pale it's almost white, the brightness of the sun is unrelenting and all the colors are muted. Nothing has scent in the desert until it gets wet and our blessed summer monsoon season hasn't yet begun. Tucson … Continue reading A Climb Up the Mountain (in Pictures)

The Big Answers

I've always been plagued with having a horrible memory. I know people who can recall every detail from elementary school, every friend they sat with at lunch and every birthday gift they ever received. If it wasn't for one of my best friends who has that kind of memory, my high school years would be a … Continue reading The Big Answers

An Interview With Air: Life in 10 Questions

My brain is mush this week so I’m interviewing my 5-year-old son. I like to call him Air because it fits his personality. He’s buoyant and lives in the moment more than anyone I know. Just because I think my kid is cute doesn't mean everyone else will think he's cute but there's such an innocence … Continue reading An Interview With Air: Life in 10 Questions

That Crazy Concept Called Forgiveness

Something amazing happened to me and it’s deep. Believe it or not, I actually write about more than assholes and Barbie dolls. (On a side note, I promised my cousin Barb that I’d start referring to 20-somethings as amaze-holes instead. It’s more fitting, don’t you think? I did something kind of crazy. I friended the … Continue reading That Crazy Concept Called Forgiveness

Magic

It was my 5-year-old son’s idea. Kids in his preschool class had been talking about sitting on Santa’s lap and getting their picture taken. He’s usually slow to warm up to new adventures so I was surprised at how eager he was to do this. He mentioned it several days in a row before I … Continue reading Magic

Grandparents

One of the things that surprised me the most about parenthood was how much closer it brought me to my mom, dad and stepmom. One reason is being able to relate to them on a different level (now I know what they had to deal with when I was a kid) but the biggest reason … Continue reading Grandparents

Linked Across Time

School picture day, 1979. I practiced this smile in the mirror a dozen times. This day was going to be different. All of the things I hated about my face were going to be wiped away by this perfect smile. No more squinty, lopsided eyes. I had discovered that I could hide my bushy eyebrows … Continue reading Linked Across Time

Barbie Dolls – Don’t Be A Hater

I’m going to open up a can of worms and admit something that might not be very popular. I let my daughter play with Barbie dolls. I’ve read repeatedly that Barbie dolls contribute to the negative self image of girls because of the doll’s unrealistic physical appearance. There have been studies that suggest that exposing … Continue reading Barbie Dolls – Don’t Be A Hater

Unaswerable Questions

I’m taking a little break from writing but wanted to share this post from my former blog, originally published 7/27/12. It’s funny how old posts have new meaning and this one does for me. There’s a question that my two-year-old daughter asks all the time and it just cracks me up. It’s become a part … Continue reading Unaswerable Questions