When your reggae-loving husband is a stay-at-home dad

Corey was trying to explain to me his current domestic rut. “You know that song, ‘Smoke Two Joints’? ‘I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night . . .’” Concerned I wouldn’t recognize the song in spite of the fact that his musical selections have created the soundtrack to our Read More

Meeting Crystal

I didn’t speak at the open mic at your memorial. What would I have done besides stand there and cry? Your wife and family were there; their grief has precedence. She spoke without introducing herself. She was passionate and I recognized her from photos rotating through the slideshow all night. When she left the stage, Read More

A rant for the end of September

I am not going to black out my social media and stay offline for a day “to show what the world might be like without women.” First of all, whether or not I’m on social media on any given day is dependent on my mood and my stress level and is of no consequence to Read More

Standing Letter to My Elected Officials

I sent this letter to my Senators and U.S. Representative today, but since the idea is that it’s my only letter, I thought I’d also post it here. Plus it gives me something to post — this blog is beyond neglected. Senator Maria Cantwell Senator Patty Murray Representative Denny Heck Dear Elected Officials, You are Read More

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Some of our Halloween decorations are still up. That’s not unheard of for our family – we do like to make the holiday last – but it is a bit late in the year. I told my husband I was going to buy flag lapel pins for the zombies in our yard to celebrate Veterans Read More

Cruise Notes

In a mostly-blank notebook today I found this page, which appears to be the sole journal entry I made on our Alaskan cruise three years ago. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Cruise notes . . . We’re marveling at an Alaskan glacier, standing on the observation deck of the cruise ship. I’m bundled up and I Read More

I refuse to be too old to internet (a GenX adventure)

I made some new friends on Twitter who communicate primarily via animated GIFs. Eager to fit in, I decided to learn this mysterious new language. First, I spent way too long searching for just the right GIFs online. Next, I tried to practice by texting some to Corey. I later learned that the Android text Read More

Collected Wisdom

In a few days I will turn 43. Last year about this time, I had a lot of fun telling everyone that this year, the year I was 42, I would have the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Maybe it’s because I never did take up meditation, or maybe it’s because I pretended Read More


I do not have precognitive abilities of any sort. What I have is an awareness of the many things in my life that are undone or have been poorly managed and an ever-present sense of doom because it’s all going to come unraveled some day, isn’t it? I cannot possibly address all the things that Read More

Emergency Preparedness

We were standing in the kitchen one night after the kids had gone to bed. My husband leaned back against the sink and asked, “You wanna tell me why there’s an apocalypse’s worth of bottled water in the trunk of your car?” “It was on sale.” He looked at me. “It was on sale. It Read More

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