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The first time I saw him it was nearly dusk. He was tied to a house pier at the far corner of the yard. He was sobbing. I remember, it broke my heart. I didn't know him, didn't expect to see him and even though my girls begged to pet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at serendipity
She's been taking test flights out of the nest ever since she was 10. Want to be an exchange student on another continent in 5th grade? "Yes." Want to fly - alone - to France - to visit family - alone - in 7th grade? "Yes." Did I mention you'd... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at serendipity
I'm the perfect house sitter, although no one ever asks me to do it. My perfection stems not from a good and reliable character, although I think I have some of that, but more from not wanting to know too much about my friends. In short, I don't snoop. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at serendipity
1. Ensure that everyone who is supposed to deliver important assisting equipment to my mother's apartment, does. Again. For the third time. Because three's the charm and the first two times they came they got it 50% wrong. How does someone get a 4-item list 50% wrong TWICE? 2. Ensure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at serendipity
My mother's recent hospital stay, for a severe allergic reaction and medication interaction, was nothing short of terrifying. She was so far from acting like herself that at times I wondered if she would ever be herself again. Things are better now, but she is still not what I would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at serendipity
She sits in bed and scratches her shoulder. Scratches her face. The top of her head. Her knee. Her ankle. That hard-to-reach place between her shoulder blades. Ah, that's it. Everything itches. A nurse says "Try not to itch that." I know she's just trying to be nice, to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at serendipity
I've never been a fan of new year's resolutions. So many promises focused on health - really weight - and after a month of vigorous participation, most of us slide into sporadic attendance to be followed quickly by the familiar pattern of wishful thinking and guilt. For many years I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at serendipity
Someone owes me an apology. Someone I know socially and thought was a friend, in part because she is with someone who is a very good friend and partly because I've known her for a long time. We were never what you would call great friends, but we were friendly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at serendipity
My friend Roy died last year. Only slightly older than me, we worked together at my very first, and most beloved startup, IntelliCorp. Roy was the older brother I always wanted and never got. He made me laugh and laugh and laugh, and then in the next breath he would... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at serendipity
karen c. added a favorite at Go Pug Yourself
Nov 1, 2013
There are few things as mindlessly satisfying as vacuuming one's own house. The work isn't hard and you don't have to think. It doesn't take very long and the results, at least in my house, are immediately tangible. The air even smells better, thanks to my super duper hepa filter.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at serendipity
At last, the moment I feared would one day come has finally arrived, albeit somewhat later than I expected. I was grateful for the delay – any delay really - because I dislike conflict with my kids. And she's so sweet and sensitive and smart; I don't want to wage... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at serendipity
The other passengers tried to warn me with their eyes but I didn't understand them in time. I was new. (I'm still new but I'm quickly learning the ropes.) I sat down in the nearest seat, right smack next to the crazy guy. Being that the muni train was full... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at serendipity
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May 9, 2013
LG, I don't know why it's such a big deal, but I think you should consider getting her checked out. School gets more difficult and important with each matriculation.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2013 on Believing in Seeing at serendipity
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Although my optometrist assures me that my eyes are remarkable for a woman my age, I am starting to feel the effects of my aging eyes. The mottled blur of things that are much too close. The inexplicable shortening of my arms. The squinting. I am told by experts that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at serendipity
@LG: close it's from 2006. My original Vox headshot. :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2013 on Suddenly Spring at serendipity
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The hair fell into my lap. Clumps of brown, straight to the point where anyone who cuts it needs to wear protective clothing; my hair will quite literally give a person splinters. In the middle of the jagged brown piles were longer gray hairs. They were thicker than the brown... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at serendipity
And I have to file it under the very large category called "Marketing Uses its Power for Evil Instead of Good." Again. Clean Coal. It has nice alliteration. And you know how much I lurv alliteration. (What do you mean the kids don't say lurv anymore? Check your watch, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at serendipity
karen c. added a favorite at Kokochi
Nov 19, 2012
The light changed color today. It rained last night, welcomed by most except the owner of the car with the partly open sunroof. The air smells cleaner outside, and a tad crisper. It has bite. The calendar notified me “It’s Fall!” but I never believe this news until I see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at serendipity
When I was young, before I was married, I took care of a friend who needed to get an abortion. She was a very good girl in a very tough situation. She struggled with herself about her decision, and no one tried to prevent her from doing what, in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at serendipity
Gwen Stefani would be so proud!
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2012 on Aila shopping in Tokyo at Kokochi
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For three days I've been making threats: "if your bag is not ready, you can't…(insert idle threat here). "It's NOT too late for me to cancel your reservation" "You're definitely NOT leaving for FIVE WEEKS with your room LIKE THIS." Lame. All of it. And two years ago she would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at serendipity
Yep, the Greek still has it going on. That must have been a fun concert!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2012 on Sit Your Bad Self Down at serendipity
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