The first time I read this phrase, something inside me click. Margaret Lazarus Dean used it to refer to her Puerto Rican friend and NASA contact Omar Izquierdo, in her book Leaving Orbit. I found it humorous that, in all the ways I’ve seen my culture be described, no one has so eloquently distinguished my […]
Tag: this is us
New OrleansSeattleVancouverPortlandSan JuanCoeur D’AleneSpokaneNaritaYokohamaTokyoAnaheim/Los AngelesPhoenixLas VegasJuneauSitkaKetchikanVictoriaMiamiHouston/GalvestonAlbuquerque/Santa FéPhillipsburg/MarigotChicagoSantiagoOrlandoAtlantaSan FranciscoBarcelonaEugenePragueWashington DCFredericksburgBogotáVeneziaDubrovnikKuşadasiKatakolonOiaWalla WallaSan DiegoCannon Beach/AstoriaDublin/BelfastCharlotte/GreenvilleOsakaKyotoNaraKobeSan José/Santa Cruz🛳⛴✈🚘🚅🚠🚁 20 years of adventures and counting! P.S. Can’t wait for the Covid-19 travel restrictions to lift so we can add Munich and a few more destinations before the official anniversary!
Mom, I still miss you…
It’s been two years without you and I can’t still believe you are gone, trapped between my intangible memories and the great beyond. Two years of wishing and hoping you’d come through the door and yell “surprise, I’m here!”, returning the color to my gray toned existence. An eternity of unwritten texts, calls and conversations […]
The Christmas Card
My S10 Note+ buzzes and shuffles around the kitchen island. Dread creeps in. Someone somewhere needs to reach me, NOW. Ugh! The introvert in me prepares for the worst – my clan and peeps text first, unless it’s an emergency. 😅 What now? 😶 A quick peek at the caller ID shows it’s my dad. […]
Sifting Through The Past
Photographs. Papers. Triplicate copies of 214 Forms. Certificates. Divorce decrees. Typewritten letters of commendations and gratitude. Notes on the margins of decade old bills. The contents of the last box of heirlooms lays on the carpet floor waited to be collated, recycled, edited. The mission was a success. None of these papers and mementos tug […]
The Bestest Boy
We drive up to the tiny cottage house, solemn, quiet, amidst a pale soft ray of full moon light. The glow turned everything gray, with small whisps of black and white here and there. The small open front door cast a bright warm inviting luminescence that made one forget about the cold crisp summer air. […]
Five years ago, shy of 10 years of service, I found myself at the wrong end of a 60 day notice. At first the world seemed to be coming to an end because my 15 year plan had been ruined. Little by little, I redesigned my goals and objectives around new possibilities; I started a […]
The last 5 years with Zach have gone by so fast. I reinforces my desire that he lasts us forever. I catch my husband tearing up after a good bro session with Z, as he tries to imagine a life without him. According to the vet, our 80.4 lbs American Staffordshire Labrador mutt is healthy […]
137 days…197280 minutes of isolated, unadulterated, soul crushing routine. The cacophony of alarm clocks being snoozed during the week replaced by the welcomed silence of weekend mornings. Zach, our lab/AmStaff mix parades up and down the fence line, admonishing those who dared to go outside for a walk with or without masks. Airplanes fly overhead, […]
It’s been over 20 years since I graduated high school. My diploma can legally sit at a bar in any city in the world! 😱 In hindsight, I can’t honestly state that those were the best years of my life. All I know is that they weren’t quite the worst either. 🤷♀️ The truth must […]
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