Category Archives: Family

To My Nieces On Their Graduation

Dear Ronna and Mara: This period marks such a milestone to you and your family, with a high school graduation and a college graduation in the same year. For us parents, it is a time for quiet gratification that we … Continue reading

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When Is The Right Time To Be A Parent?

I chanced upon a post on the Stanford Alumni Daily Digest a few weeks ago by Vicky Keston.  She called attention to a recent Huff Post article by Stacie Krajchir, founder of The See and Sprout Project, an international creative … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Kids, middle years, Motherhood, Older Mothers, Older Pregnancy, Parenting, Parents, Teenage Pregnancy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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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Children Say It Like It Is

I was heading west on the sidewalk of our town’s main drag. It was a cool crisp late morning. The clouds had decided to linger. My arms were full. I had picked up the dry cleaning and tucked under one … Continue reading

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The Call

I’m slowly awakened by a persistent ringing just outside my room. My eyelids reluctantly break their embrace.  I sluggishly turn my head towards the sound.  It’s the phone. Who could be calling on a lazy Sunday afternoon?  Where is everyone … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Family Hike

This weekend, when we did our family hike, we talked about you and your two cousins, among other matters. We recalled your years of growing up closely together, and where each of you are now. I like to view them … Continue reading

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Need To Overcome This

There are probably many reasons why I should curb my obsessive-compulsive tendencies. This is likely one of them. Ever since we convinced my mother to sell her house in Los Altos back in Summer 2012, she has stayed with me … Continue reading

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Another Image Of Joy

Yep! Their family card arrived via a gracious nephew visiting family here. And with it, three of her choice libations: Two Pinots and a Chardonnay, from her choice wineries. Woohoo! It’s time for a Snoopy jig! This post is in … Continue reading

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Delia’s Christmas Manners

Delia Ephron has written an Op-Ed on the NYTimes about Christmas Manners in this era of extreme diversity we now live in.  She promises to “answer questions for those tricky situations we all face at this time of the year.” … Continue reading

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Most Cherished

Daily Post asked for my most cherished, my number one. Here they all are!

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