American Baby

We recently celebrated the first birthday of our Isla, the third (and final?) baby, the only one of my children to be born in America! She is our little ray of California sunshine, a joy to us during ups and downs, and rounds out our family of five perfectly. When I think about my pregnancy …

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Family

Families are hard work.  There are always members, be they brothers, sisters, uncles, fathers, cousins, who will feel ostracized.  Perhaps, that was even their intention.  Perhaps not.  We fight.  Sometimes we make up.  Sometimes we sit in silence, miles away, waiting for a phone call or a visit or a letter that doesn't come for …

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What I’ve Learned About Grandmothers

My grandma Evelyn always used to have squirty cream in her refrigerator and Breyer's Ice Cream in her freezer. Even if she wasn't hungry for dinner, which was often in her later years, she'd still have a bowl of ice cream with a generous flourish of whipped cream on top.  The older I get, the …

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