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

Family, Organization, Uncategorized

The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

  This morning, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill called "The Great Shakeout." At one of our school sites, the assistant principal went on the school's PA system and methodically went through the steps of the drill- drop, cover, hold, check your surroundings, and evacuate to our… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

california, Camping, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Vacation

Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, Uncategorized, writing

Back to School 2018

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we are back at school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  This is the first one in 12 years that we have not had a child at the elementary school. This experience has been bittersweet. On the one hand,… Continue reading Back to School 2018