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As much as it may seem ridiculous, I have to admit that I've seen a couple of strange things that make me unable to say for sure that ghosts don't exist. How's that for a straight answer? A story: when we moved to Pacific Heights we moved into a nice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
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Juju crashes in denver 04-16-06_1556.jpg Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
I’m on the last leg home, Denver to San Francisco, and we are in the back of the plane with the other parolees, er parents. There are at least 4 infants and a dozen kids under the age of 8. Most of them are behaving well, except for the little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
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This photo is from my college, aka "vixen" (thanks Byrne) days when I was 19. It shows that at one point in my life I knew a little bit about makeup. I seem to have lost that knowledge (along with so many other things) over the years... This trip down... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
A couple of months ago I attended a party with a bunch of people I don't know very well. As I was surveying the crowd, I was struck by a woman who was clearly a transvestite. She had on the slinkiest, ugliest and shortest skirt in the room and sadly,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
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Memaw, dad and me Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
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Hotel Mirror There was something interesting to me about the way the mirror divided up Juju and me - it's almost like we aren't in the same room together when in fact we are 3 feet apart. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at serendipity
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Karen_blonde Byrne asked, the photo was on Xav's desk and my scanner actually worked. Let's take a trip back to the '80s! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at serendipity
(From July 2005) Cassandre has had one really wiggly tooth for months now. Finally today it came out - in a flourish of blood in the bread of her sandwich (so gross). It immediately fell into the grass at YMCA camp. One of her counselors searched for it on his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at serendipity
(From June 2005) Cassandre has lost another front tooth. I need to take a photo of her because she is the poster girl for seven year old girls. Long messy hair, wearing only skirts and shirts that show her belly, fake tattoos, gel glitter and now a big gaping smile.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at serendipity
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(from 2005) I am so screwed. If you remember, a couple of weeks ago Cassandre asked me if the tooth fairy was real. Not having received a clear answer from me, she decided to do a test. Yesterday her front tooth fell out at school. She put it in her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at serendipity
The first thing they teach you in lifeguard school is that there is nothing more dangerous than a drowning person. A drowning person can only think of one thing: survival, and if they have to make you go under the water for them to go up in the air, well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at serendipity
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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
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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
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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