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

Decorating, Family, health, Home Improvement, Kids, safety, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Safer-At-Home Improvements

As the stay at home orders continued, swallowing up the months of March and now April, we made a few changes to our living space. Some were overdue improvements, such fixing a garage wall that was poorly withstanding the test of time. Others were projects to preserve our sanity, or what was left of it… Continue reading Safer-At-Home Improvements

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, and with a much more somber tone. Today is my dad's birthday. Usually I'd be leaving him snarky messages about how old he's getting, then take him out to lunch or dinner to really celebrate his ancientness. With his fun sense of humor… 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