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My hair was blonde when I was small But it grew dark as I grew tall My mother had the same thing too — Blonde that darkened as she grew ’tis a funny thing — this natural blonde — Some maintain, and don’t respond… Continue Reading “Blonde”

Barefoot Girl

“Oh, I see you’re a barefoot girl this morning,” my father said, looking at my feet. I was indeed barefoot, as is often the case when I’m still in my pajamas. “A barefoot girl with shoes on,” he continued, smiling as he said it.… Continue Reading “Barefoot Girl”

Sights and Sounds

Yesterday my father told me that he was have vision problems. “Everything is blurry,” he said, “and I feel like I’m seeing double.” My heart sank. A stroke — the word ran through my mind, a leering devil of a word that filled me… Continue Reading “Sights and Sounds”

A is for Appetite (Or, 5 Things About Zombies)

Please forgive this post. I blame it on my brother and the fact that I’ve been struggling to write. “Why don’t you write ’10 Things About Zombies’?” my brother suggested. “I don’t know ten things about zombies,” I said. “Make them up,” he said,… Continue Reading “A is for Appetite (Or, 5 Things About Zombies)”

There’s No Place Like Home

*click* *click* *click*… There’s no place like home… There’s no place like home…. *click* *click* *click* Dorothy, in the “The Wizard of Oz” Home doesn’t usually happen in a jiffy. It can take years — even decades — for the roots to go down so… Continue Reading “There’s No Place Like Home”

Flower Power

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. Georgia O’Keefe The summer of 2014 was the Summer of Flowers. Owen and Emily were getting married in September and I filled my garden in… Continue Reading “Flower Power”

The Elements

One of my favorite family trips was in June 2015 when we all traveled to British Columbia for Sam and Donna’s wedding. The Pacific Northwest is God’s country. It’s wild and beautiful. Sam drove us to an amazing vantage point, looking down on the… Continue Reading “The Elements”

Learning a New Language

Ayla’s English was impeccable. Well, nearly impeccable. When we first met, someone asked her how old she was. “Twenty,” she said, without batting an eye. “Twenty?” someone else questioned. She flushed and giggled a little, realizing her mistake.  “No, twelve.” I turned to Amina,… Continue Reading “Learning a New Language”


Hospitality is certainly part of Muslim culture… It is a reminder of the importance of hospitality in understanding people and allowing them to know you. In our American culture we don’t place as high of a premium on it, and we kind of expect… Continue Reading “Hospitality”

Little Things in Dubrovnik

“I suspect many of us walk past true gems every day without considering where they came from and what journeys they have endured.” Richard LaMotte, Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems After our morning swim in the Adriatic Sea, Leah set about collecting… Continue Reading “Little Things in Dubrovnik”