california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- like way back three months ago in February- I would take whoever was home on a special adventure whenever the boys went on their camping trips. At the end of this past January, Sami and I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway, and arrived at Eaton Saddle, … Continue reading Mt. Lowe

traditions, Uncategorized, writing

Memorial Day 2020

As a kid, I remember going to a few Memorial Day ceremonies with my dad, who was himself a Vietnam veteran, and had served in the United States Army for over 20 years, both as a reservist and on active duty. The ceremonies had great meaning to me, for though I personally haven't lost any… Continue reading Memorial Day 2020

emergency preparedness, Family, Opinion, parenting, safety, School, Uncategorized, writing

The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly a four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

aging parents, Family, Uncategorized, writing

Grieving Through Anticipatory Grief

This post is a deviation from my usual travel or hiking article. Today is my dad's birthday. Since October 24, 2018, he's been hospitalized following a sudden cardiac arrest. He hasn't regained consciousness. So this is the second birthday where he likely doesn’t know what it is we’re celebrating. Over the course of the last… Continue reading Grieving Through Anticipatory Grief

Family, Pets, writing

Penelope Jane: A Bunny Story

I had zero intention of adopting a rabbit, certainly in the near future and possibly ever. It isn't that I don't like rabbits; I used to be a teaching assistant for a biology teacher who had rabbits in class and I loved those bunnies. I also worked with them in the lab in years past.… Continue reading Penelope Jane: A Bunny Story