one of a kind

“These kids are like snowflakes,” she said. “Each one is unique.” That’s what the foster care recruiter told us last fall while sitting at our dining room table. She admitted to making generalities, but then a kid comes along who is totally outside the norm, and it brings her back to snowflakes. But still, in […]

lessons beyond the Y

Like many lunch hours, I spent my time today at the Downtown YMCA in yoga class. It was my teacher’s last day. And as I bent, twisted, and bound, I thought about all he’s taught me over the past five years I’ve participated in the class. Make it your own practice These are the words […]


time of my life

She was destined to love the movie. Even though it was released 28 years before her birth, loving it was in her genes. It was her infatuation with the lift, and the need for a diversion, which made me realize the moment had arrived to show it to her (at least parts).  Here’s how it […]


surprises on orcas island

I’ve traveled to the San Juan Islands on several occasions. Some trips have been good, some have been great; however, I recently returned from a trip that topped them all. There was an element of surprise on this trip to Orcas Island, and the result was a fantastic family getaway weekend.  From bees to bears […]