Author Archives: esmeraldalyn

Warrick’s Song

I had written this essay about my brother-in-law, Warrick Lyn, four years ago in a writing seminar up in the mountains of Bussard Meadows. The theme was on “loss” and, after many barren hours, Warrick’s death, and life, started consuming … Continue reading

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A Random Act of Kindness

The line was moving very slowly at the drugstore. The two women who just paid at the counter were holding the line. They were engaged in animated conversation, indifferent to the waiting people, some fuming with impatience. I surmised that … Continue reading

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Tears over Gravlax

Recently, while reading the engrossing memoir of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, the memory of my first visit in December 2001 at his Swedish restaurant Aquavit in New York City came rushing back.  My father, Tatay as we called him, passed away early … Continue reading

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Who Is the Breadwinner in Your Family?

It is all over the news. According to the recent Pew Research Center survey, women are the breadwinners in 40% of households with children under 18 years of age.  Compare that to 11% in 1960.  The way the news is … Continue reading

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Nanette And Me, In Three Parts

“Together” is a word that best describes our friendship.  Nanette and I went to elementary school, high school and college together. We shared the same little corner of the world for many years and did a lot of happy and … Continue reading

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Guest Post: My Second Grade Valentine by Esmeralda O. Lyn

This post is in response to the Daily Challenge, Teacher’s Pet. I have chosen to write about an unforgettable teacher. I hated the uniform in my new school. It was a starched long-sleeved white blouse with a stiff navy pleated … Continue reading

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