To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

My mind swirled with the prompt today.  Exceptional. So many things popped in my head, but one kept surfacing and resurfacing and that is the many exceptional teachers I have worked with over the years. And of those exceptional teachers, one kept floating to the top. Celia E. You see, I was a new, brand … Continue reading To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

A Perfect Day

I woke up yesterday to a lovely, sunny, fall day.  Those are few and far between here in our rainy little corner of the world.  While drinking coffee and enjoying the view, my husband spotted a whale in the narrows.  So there we were, on the deck, air chilly, coffee cup warming our hands watching … Continue reading A Perfect Day

Among Wildflowers

It was stunning to lose David Bowie, and shocking to lose Prince, but somehow the death of Tom Petty just seems worse!  I guess, unlike the other two, Tom Petty never "reinvented himself."  He was always "real."  He could have been your buddy.  That angular, skinny kid with stick straight hair and overbite.  He was … Continue reading Among Wildflowers

What I Have Learned. What I Have Yet to Learn.

My latest project?  Writing a family history. When I was a child my grandfather  would tell wonderful stories about my ancestors.  There was a wall of photos in the hallway, dozens and dozens of them.  We would walk down the hall and he would talk about each one, breathing life into those old photos.  Relatives … Continue reading What I Have Learned. What I Have Yet to Learn.

Becoming a Hero

When I was seven or eight years old, my grandfather “saved” me, at least to my seven or eight year old mind it felt that way. It must have been the late sixties because Randy was pretty little. We were on a road-trip, a camping road-trip and we were headed to the Yukon. Our destination … Continue reading Becoming a Hero

Day One

Day one.  The buses are pulling out of the parking lot, I turn off the lights, lock my door and stagger out to the car.  I call my husband and uttered, "Pizza.  Pizza and wine."  Once home, my head hits the couch and I fall asleep. But in spite of how exhausting it is, I … Continue reading Day One

In a New York Minute

It was my daughter's senior year of high school and her ballet company was planning their trip to New York.  The New York trip is a BIG deal!  We live on an island in Alaska, about as far away as you can get. The fundraising took two years and was all-consuming, so yeah, it was … Continue reading In a New York Minute

Talking ‘Bout My Generation

Matt, a friend from way-back-when, was passing through town the other day and we found ourselves talking about the "old days."  I mean the OLD days.  I am talking 3rd grade, 4th grade, you know, the "GOOD old days," the days when we were growing up in a brand-new subdivision on what was then the … Continue reading Talking ‘Bout My Generation

Getting an “A”

It was the day before the end of a school quarter when we learned that Laura had not turned in a major school project.  Apparently, it was a "partner project" and, Lucky Laura, her partner was a flake. Laura does not like confrontation, but we stood beside her while she called her partner.  As we … Continue reading Getting an “A”

Homage to Haleakala

Almost one year ago Scott, Gracie and I attended a mini family reunion in Maui.  Scott and I have taken the girls several times and there was only one thing left on our bucket list.... Sunrise on Haleakala! I was going to do this thing!  My enthusiasm was met with "We will see," and "Not … Continue reading Homage to Haleakala