To Myself, 6 Weeks Ago

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Today marks 6 weeks since our confinement at home started.  Quentin refers to it as the “coronavirus conundrum.”  I think he simply likes the combination of words, but the days feel like a constant pull of being grateful that we are safe and healthy, and increasingly going crazy by the relentless monotony of the days, with no break and little variation. Continue reading

One Hundred and a Letter

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My grandmother turned 100 years old on Saturday, April 4th.  Isn’t that incredible?  The number of history-altering events that she has seen in her lifetime is staggering: the Great Depression, World War II and other U.S.-involved conflicts, assassinations of leaders, political elections and scandals, technological innovation.  As the population of the world has grown, the distance between people has become less relevant with an increasing number of ways to keep connected. Continue reading

When We Were Young

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“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was – I was far away from home…. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.”

— Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

I was recently looking at a photo of Ger and myself, from 2005.  They were part of engagement photos that my aunt took for us in her backyard, nestled in the coulee where I grew up.  I was 21, and he was 22.  Both of us still in college, through I graduated in December that year and we were married less than a month later.  We are both smiling and looking at each other. Continue reading

A Vacation in the Books

 

 

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I have had in my mind for years that we would take family vacations.  Growing up, my family always took road trip or big vacations in the summer.  I wanted to do the same with my kids, plotting out how we could visit all corners of the country, with focus on their ages at the time and what I thought we could handle. Continue reading