Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Parental Warning

If you hand me a baby, I will be very careful. In fact, if your child is a newborn, I will probably stay seated, mimicking the cautious way I held each of my siblings when I was a kid.
But those toddler-aged kids are another story. They give me false confidence about their ability to handle gravity and almost without failure bump their heads in my presence.


Monday, March 30, 2009


Yes, it’s two weeks after St. Patrick’s Day. But we celebrated belated. And now my stomach is full with about a half a loaf of homemade Irish Soda Bread.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Butterfly Convention

Instead of fluttering from flower to flower, the Monarchs are swarming the streets.
They haven’t told me where they’re headed, but they are in a hurry. I suspect there’s a very important convention in town.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Car Smell

The first car I ever owned was a 1971 Volkswagen Fastback.
It was Columbia blue, stick shift and I loved it.
I didn’t care that the car was 6 years older than me or that the odometer was broke or that it leaked rain through the door windows causing a couple of inches of water to slosh around the floor as I drove, presenting a real threat of the bottom rusting out. It was my dream car. And I’ve driven beaters ever since.
That is, until now.
Today, John and I picked up our brand new 2009 Toyota Corolla. The car had 3 miles on it when we drove off the lot.


Oh, What A Feeling

It’s so late. I just got home. I altogether missed my Friday writing deadline. Why? Because that’s what happens when you show up to the dealership at 8:40 p.m. on a Friday night to buy a car.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lady Grey

“Not everyone is going to be your cup of tea,” she said, speaking about people. But my mind imagined a thousand pretty china cups, and I thought about how much I love one tea over all the others.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


She said yes to God and changed the world.
Makes me think twice about saying no.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One Crisis At A Time, People

My husband tells me seismic activity in Southern California has scientists worried.
“They’re worried because they think we’re going to have a big one?” I ask.
Yes, he nodded, “because we don’t have enough on our plates with the economy, terrorism and disease.”


Monday, March 23, 2009

New Day

Oh, I’m thankful you’re here.
But did you have to come so early?


Sunday, March 22, 2009


I’m a good learner. Not so good applier.
This simple resolution I must make again and again:
Do what you know.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost

My very bad sense of direction might be contaminating my husband’s very good sense of direction.
Today we went to San Francisco for the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building.
We parked the car. Walked several blocks. Came back to the car with our tasty finds. Left the car again to take pictures. Then back to the car to go home.
But wait, where’s the car?
This building, right? Second floor, right?
No car.
Are we in the right garage? It looks like the right garage minus our car. Let’s walk around the block, maybe there’s another garage.
Great, another garage. This must be it.
No, this is our second visit to the wrong garage, which we have now entered from two different streets. Thank God we’re having such a good time otherwise this might be really annoying.
We knew we were close to our car. Turns out, we were less than a block away. But we needed the iPhone’s GPS to tell us so.


Friday, March 20, 2009

It’s A Small World After All

I love running into people as long as I love the person I’m running into. Once I ran into a friend and her mom on a plane from Phoenix to California. We swapped seats with other passengers so we could talk the whole ride. It was great.
Today, on a Friday morning in Southern California, my brother ran into our cousin and his family while standing on Main Street in Disneyland. Makes me want to sing.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Go, Joseph, Go

March 19: Solemnity of St. Joseph
“The Lord, who on earth honored Saint Joseph as a father, will certainly not refuse him anything he asks in heaven. … When Egypt was laid waste by the great famine, Pharaoh told his people, Ite ad Joseph! -- Go to Joseph! So if we are in trouble, let us listen to the word of the Lord and take Pharaoh’s advice; let us go to Joseph if we wish to be consoled.”
~ Saint Alphonsus de Liguori


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

There, There

Sometimes writing makes me cry.
Robert Frost seems to think that’s OK.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

S is for Snake

Before I think she could even talk, our friends’ daughter, Mara, would hiss like a snake, “sssssss.”
I only heard her do this a few times, but it totally stuck.
And now I hiss at my computer all day long.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Let It Be Easy

“If the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it? All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said.”
~ 2 Kings 5:13

The problem was that Naaman was told to do something very simple if he wanted to be cured of his leprosy.
The prophet’s message to, “Go and wash seven times in the Jordan,” actually angered Naaman because it seemed too easy.
The way I see it, the real problem is this: We’ve been making life harder than necessary since before Jesus was a boy.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

She's Smart

"Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to sustaining life." ~Virginia Satir


Saturday, March 14, 2009

How do you say, “I love you.”

Today, John said he loved me with an avocado, scrambled egg and pepper jack cheese sandwich. Works for me!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Come Fly With Me

One of my closest friends dreamt about me the other night.
I was flying a Cessna and she was by my side. Our husbands were in the passenger seats behind us.
“You were totally in your element,” she said.
I love the thought of being in my element, and I wonder if part of me isn’t living a secret life in her dream.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Because My Mom Said So

And because my mom and my sister are teachers who truly make a difference. Wear Pink Friday!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Go ahead. Make your plans.
Do your very best.
Be forewarned, the rules constantly change.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Special To Me

John and I have been married 3 ½ years.
That’s how old we are.
If you ask a child the same age, you better believe she’d remember the half-year part, too.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Faulty Logic

“Do you want this?” I asked, offering John an already bitten apple.
“No. Mine wasn’t very good either,” he said.
I took another bite.
“Yeah, I’m not going to eat this,” I said.
“Isn’t that kind of wasteful?” John asked.
“No. It’s more wasteful if I eat it,” I replied.
“How is it more wasteful if you eat it?”
“I’m wasting the calories I could spend eating something that tastes good.”


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Curfew Extended

Tell me I’m not the only one who feels the extra hour of sunlight is a personal invitation to play.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Anonymous Wisdom

“If you’re coasting, you’re going downhill.”
A brilliant friend of mine told me that. She heard it from a sharp CEO. I don’t know if the words were actually his or if attribution belongs somewhere else. But let me just say these have to be some of the smartest six words ever strung together. Think of any area of your life (relationships, health, wealth), and this rule applies.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Ever After

I’ve always thought it sweet when an older man refers to his wife of many years as his bride.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Strange Weather

Too many days inside makes people crazy.
So when the rain stopped, I took a walk.
This is what I saw:
1. A small white cat wearing a leash and tied to a post outside the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company.
2. A troubadour playing his guitar with a rabbit on his head and another one on an upside down laundry basket being used as a table.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Be a Desert Flower

I used to live in the desert.
The barrenness was so jarring I would intentionally schedule my flights into Phoenix at night. The bird’s eye view of all that dirt and dryness made my heart ache. I missed the comfort of lush foliage, trees with leaves, fields of tall grass.
It took me a good 6 months before I saw any beauty there. Before I started to appreciate the strength of all that exists there.
In the desert, everything has a purpose. Nothing is wasted.
The sparseness eliminates distraction. Allows you to focus.
This kind of simplicity is what Lent is about.
We let go of a few comforts and maybe rediscover our own purpose.
(By the way, Easter isn’t until April 12. Still plenty of time to celebrate Lent.)


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Out of Context

“Do not babble.” ~ Jesus on prayer
There’s more to this verse, found in today’s gospel (Matthew 6: 7-15), but I like this part best.


Monday, March 2, 2009

He’s So Clever

John’s bumper sticker idea for my car: “I Brake for Conversation.”


Sunday, March 1, 2009


Side by side we sit.
His left hand holding my left hand.
My right hand holding his right hand.
Our bodies and limbs creating that crazy eight.


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