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The summer heat chased us from the apartment early; we were left wandering, in search of breakfast and air conditioning. What we found were legos. Lots and lots of legos. We discovered a new cafe/kids play area dedicated entirely to legos – big duplos for…

Years ago, my parents discovered that we have a photo of my mom at 4-years old, and a picture of me at 4-years-old that highlight the family resemblance. I determined right then, that if I ever had a daughter, I would take a similar photo,…

Prospective kindergartners, along with their parents, shuffled and herded themselves into the little elementary school cafeteria. The room was thick with nervous energy, excitement, squirmy 5-year-olds who have not yet learned to sit still for an assembly, and information packets fanning at the summer heat….

I finally got an up-to-date picture of my littlest brother (or should I say youngest), Steve, AKA: Stevie, Tete, Varmint, the Wall, or even Stewie (the Family Guy). Happy Birthday Stevie!

In the few short months between my trip to Alaska for a family reunion in August and my trip to Alaska for my father’s funeral in October, I read Sarah Vowell’s book Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World. The book had been sitting…