Renewal

Renewal

December seems to the month of renewals in our home. Notices to renew have arrived via email notifications, text messaging, postcards and letter in the mail, and alerts on my monthly calendar. So many renewals: vehicle registration, post office box, health insurance...
Presents

Presents

The beaming bride-to-be sat on the round ottoman opening presents. Surprises awaited to fill her new home. As the wrapping fell to the floor, Sophie discovered new items thoughtfully picked out by family and friends. The macramé table runner from Lisa. A colorful...
Gifts

Gifts

During my childhood, my family set up a nativity scene during Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It included a stable, cows, a donkey, sheep, shepherds, the angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and three wise men with their camels. While the figurines...
Home

Home

The mid-afternoon sun shone brightly as I slowly followed the signs for “Arrivals.” My heart beat in anticipation of seeing the long blonde hair and magnetic smile of Sophie, my daughter. I dropped her off in San Diego for the fall semester on August 10th and...
With

With

I leaned over to pick something up and felt a sharp tingling pain. The first week of January launched a difficult 2011. For some reason, I did not turn to Google to determine possible causes for the pain, and by the time I arrived at the doctor later that week, little...