Category Archives: Children

Soledad

Soledad, the Solitude of the BVM on Holy Saturday in Spanish tradition. Lyle spent the last six weeks with me in Monterey. It’s Freezing! was the top comment of his visit, and we engaged daily in the ages-old battle of the … Continue reading

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Toes in the Water

Yesterday I walked my bare feet into the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life. It took me 336 days of living in California to do it. I’m not sure why it took me so long. Because beaches … Continue reading

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Shelter at Home

Day t-1. I broke my wine opener. The corkscrew got stuck and snapped off. Not an auspicious beginning to my quarantine party. Monterey County has issued a “shelter in place” order. I’m fortunate to be able to work from home, … Continue reading

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Swimming Lessons

#1 – A second is a long damn time. 2 seconds might as well be forever. #2 – The 400 IM is marginally worse than the 200 Fly in short course and exponentially worse in long course. #3 – It’s … Continue reading

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Gift of the Magi

I’ve traded boudin for Big Sur. There are pros and cons to every decision, and if it seems to be too good to be true– it probably is. I love living in California. Every day is suffused with spectacular beauty … Continue reading

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Continental Divide

To make a long blog short, I’d have never done this crazy cross-country move in a covered wagon hitched to a pair of mules, especially with kids in tow. (Although I suspect that a couple hundred years ago the roads … Continue reading

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Fastest, Shortest, or Easiest?

I’ll take SAFEST for $200, Siri. Every travel meet is an adventure, where we weave our way through streets peppered with pawn shops and payday loan places, all with bars on the windows. But neither snow nor rain nor heat … Continue reading

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Badges

Badges are nifty. Tonight I earned the coveted “my mom is an idiot” badge. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t already seen the new STAR WARS movie, ROGUE ONE, don’t go.* Apparently, I am the last person on earth to find … Continue reading

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LA Freeway

“If I can just get off the LA Freeway without getting killed or caught….” There’s a whole story in that one line.  A lifetime of tales in just one song. Storytelling is magic. It’s art to craft a just-right set … Continue reading

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Exit 20

Me and 2/3 of the sports parents in Louisiana spent our weekend in Lake Charles. I was crammed into the over-chlorinated Sulphur Parks & Recreation Facility with approximately 60 billion other people. Not sure who was left in this hemisphere … Continue reading

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