Making New Memories

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Family, Parenting, work-at-home | 8 comments

I have a memory from my childhood that plays in my head like I’m watching a sitcom on TV. My dad, my brother and I are in the kitchen of our house in Decatur, cleaning up after lunch. Dad was washing, I was drying, and Locke was putting things up. All of a sudden, in the midst of our normal, everyday banter, Locke said, “We’re as funny as the Cosbys.” I know, I know. That observation did not age well. But keep in mind, it was 1987. Our Thursday...

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2020: My Year in Pictures

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

At the beginning of December the New York Times ran their annual Year in Pictures, and of course, it’s full of great, meaningful moments and amazing photography. I mean absolutely amazing. From the beginning of the pandemic in Wuhan to the first vaccine administered, with stunning photos from the presidential campaign, Black Lives Matter protests, California wildfires, and many other moments in between. It served as inspiration for me to create...

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Juxtapositions

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Gardening | 0 comments

In preschool, we learn about seasons by assigning some simple characteristics:Winter: Snow and snowmenSpring: Flowers and green grassSummer: Hot sun, thunderstorms and swimming poolsFall: Colorful leaves and pumpkinsIt all seems so clear cut, with nice lines dividing up each season into clear periods of time. In reality seasons aren’t that clear cut. Time is a continuum — a continuum that stands out to me especially in my garden, where...

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The Summer of No Tomatoes

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 in Family, Gardening, Grandma, Parenting | 1 comment

Have you ever experienced one of those times when something that’s really small, not a big deal at all in the overall scheme of life, just sets you off? That happened to me, around the middle of July, when I faced the realization head-on that I wasn’t going to get any tomatoes from my garden. We’d marched through one disappointment after the other like troopers: school closures, canceled vacation, a soccer season cut short (and by short I mean...

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Is it Summer? Life in the New Normal

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Family, Holidays | 0 comments

We dressed up in red, white and blue clothes. We ate all-American hamburgers. We played cornhole in the backyard. Then we drove to town to watch Elkin’s fireworks from our usual spot. Sitting on a blanket on the lawn of our church, which just happens to be right across the street from the park where the fireworks are shot off, it seemed just like the Fourth of July. But it wasn’t. First of all, it was June 27. For the past few years Elkin has...

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