Him

He grew up under the last remnants of Communism – red neck scarf and in formation bootleg movies from the West the permeation of grey. The son of an engineer, who wanted to be a professional violinist, and an ophthalmologist. The grandson of an army general, who was in charge of a smattering of spa towns, and an opera singer. I remember the first time I saw him, as he entered my classroom, tardy and with earbuds. His smile, his eyes. How little I knew then. We became the best […]

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Draw Near

I ran out of peppermint cocoa this morning. Just like that. Not a single ounce to add to my morning coffee, nor console me that the fifth day of Pacific Northwest rain is not so terrible.   My medically fragile daughter, recently diagnosed with anemia, is home today. It is “that time of the month” and it is absolutely wreaking havoc on her already worn out body. Today was also the day we were supposed to receive the keys to our new home. We have a lousy appraiser who wrote […]

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A Prayer for Owen.

They all said the same thing. It would take two years. Once you start doing the research, it becomes clear as to why that is the case, but it does not make it any easier. I started berating myself for not starting this process a lot earlier. Of course, it had come to mind. Honestly – I just was not sure she would qualify. On the surface, my daughter may seem to be pretty normal – all things considered. In fact, I remember once at Disneyland, a man completely lost […]

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