Honestly, it's hard not to see her. We're stopped at a gas station on one of the crowded avenues in San Francisco. I watch her as she digs bare-handed through the garbage can. I see her dirt filled fingernails pull out empty plastic water bottles. She shakes out the water, dirt, or whatever else is in them, and stashes … Continue reading She Needs Five Cents
In my ten years of motherhood (wow, has it been that long?), I can only say this -- children have this natural way of bringing us back on our knees to embrace some simple truths of life. There are so many more to mention, but here are the top 20 lessons I’ve rounded up this year: There is … Continue reading Grace for Spilled Milk and Other Life Lessons
Last Christmas, a man rammed into us. It was the night before Christmas Eve. Our car had come to a stop, at a quiet intersection I have known all my life. There was hardly a soul on the road. But just as our car rolled to a pause, we felt this jolt. With it came the terrible sound of … Continue reading Saved by a Handful of Inches
When it's hard to believe in miracles... In the hope of change... In overcoming... In transformations and new beginnings... In healing... When our spirit is willing, but our flesh is frail... When joy is illusive; victory, distant... And wonder has lost its shimmer... I am stopped by this. A tree just outside my door. A … Continue reading What’s So Ordinary?
Even though I am truly thankful for how much better I feel these days, I've come to accept that I will probably always feel some level of symptoms. They no longer disable me, most days. But can I live the way I used to? No, not really. I have learned to adjust, honestly. I make decisions constantly to … Continue reading Losing Normal
On Sunday, we drove for miles and miles. Endless miles. Eleven hours to be exact - from one end of the state to the other. Just the five of us, packed in a warm car, windows splashed with rain and highway dust. The wind blew hard against our wheels. Outside, the clouds hung thick and stormy over the Central California farmlands. … Continue reading Endless Miles, Endless Sky