Grandma

I moved away from Minnesota when I was 18 and haven't always been the best at communicating with family members back home. This is especially irksome to my mom's mom, who happens to be a prolific letter-writer. Once, when I returned for my parent's 25th wedding anniversary, Grandma asked me, "Have your hands healed?" "Nothing's wrong with …

Going Home

Minnesota has a lot of things I don't miss - mosquitos, deer ticks and the ubiquitous threat of Lyme disease, the oppressive humidity. 90 degree temperatures. However, I can overlook those things because there are more reasons to be fond of the state. I'll be thinking of them as I fly out of Seattle and into …

In My Life

Kasteel; Oak Harbor, Washington My friend Andy invited me to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family in Oak Harbor.   It was great to be able to spend the holiday with a family, since mine is 1800 miles away. On the drive back to Bellingham, I was going over ideas for today's blog when this …

Knock Knock

"Knock knock," Ella says. I know the routine.  "Who's there?" "Boo..." she continues. I then ask her the only appropriate question, "Boo who?" "Boo penguin!"  She giggles, knowing the joke makes no sense, but she can't remember how it actually goes.  But  she's five and it's cute, and I love her to pieces.  We spend the …