The Joy of Writing Letters

Letter 1

My older son Jasper wrote me a letter a few weeks before the end of school. He’s been on a letter writing roll for a while now. He would come home from school, cheeks rosy from the warm air outside and whip open his backpack. From his red folder, he would pull out five letters that […]

38 Lessons in 38 Years

38 lessons in 38 years

Today, I turn 38 years old. I wasn’t planning on telling you my real age because, well, for no good reason other than I’m clearly planted in my late 30s and on my way to being 40. But I had a conversation with Jasper the other day that changed my mind. He asked me how […]

Fathers and Smiles


I would always forget. The middle of June would roll around and I would try to make plans with friends for the weekend. “I can’t. I’m heading home for Father’s Day.” Right. Father’s Day. ********** When I think about my father, my mind zeroes in one of a few specific memories – his salt and […]

Gone Surfing


Hola. I’ve gone surfing this week – literally and figuratively. I’m taking some time to hang out with my family while my boys are on spring break. We’ve retreated to the jungle to play on the beach in Costa Rica. We traveled back to the spot where Ed and I were first hooked on surfing. It […]

Zen and the Art of the Rainbow Loom

rainbow loom

The last thing that I wanted in my house was a Rainbow Loom. I knew it was all the rage among my son’s friends. Jasper would mention how so-and-so had a rainbow loom or had learned how to make a new pattern. He would come home with gifts of bracelets and rings from friends at […]