Gung Hay Fat Choy…A New Beginning

The First New Moon of the Year. Chinese New Year.  A Time of Beginnings. Clean Out the Old.  Welcome In the New. As Parents to Chinese-Born Daughters, We Strive to Learn and Embrace the Traditions of China. We are proud members of the CACA; Chinese American Citizens Alliance. An organization created to secure Equal Rights […]

Old Hands Young Hearts

This is a Marriage Straddling Two Centuries. 20 Years.  Second Marriages for both.  Spinning By in a Blink. Ours is a Marriage of Baby Boomers.  Products of the Great Television Generation. Boomers who Grew Up on Opposite Ends of the Country. But Who Knew Each Other with the First Hello. Laughing.  Loving.  Gaining Strength and […]

And then there’s January

January.  Not One of the Top Ten Months of the Year. It’s Long.  Cold.  Usually Grey. The Glitter, Glitz and Lights of the Holidays are Done. The Countdown to Spring Begins. How Do You Breeze through January? How About a Bike Ride? Test Driving a Shiny New Christmas Model Might Quash January Blahs. Bike Riding […]

Divide and Conquer

In Years Past, I Flitted Through Life. Very La Di Da-ish. Sure there were Uphill Climbs.  But We Always Managed to Have the Proper Tools for the Task. Sometimes We Looked to My Creativity to Conquer the Foe. Other Times We Needed the Inner Strength of Mr. Doodle. Together with Laughter and the Job Got […]

The Mantra for 2018. Ready?

Just Jump. Simple.  Right? Not Really.  In Fact, Just Jump is Going to Be Tough to Execute. But I Have To Do It.  Maybe You Do Too. Enough With Being Afraid.  Anxious.  Bone-Scared. That is for Last Year.  2017.  Never Again. Just Jump. Take Educated Risks.  Take the Next Step. Sometimes Alone.  Sometimes Together. Mostly […]

On to a Beginning

What’s One of the Best Things about the End of the Year? A Shot at a New Beginning. I’m Not Going to Gloss Over This Next Statement.  2017 was Tough. Crazy Tough. But I Wouldn’t Change Anything, Even if I Could, because We Have Learned and Grown and Come Together. Sometimes Kicking and Screaming and […]

Behind the Curtain…A Dungeon Mom’s Tale of The Nutcracker

Degas-Inspired Ballerinas.  Graceful and Strong. Dazzling Sets.  Victorian Christmas Décor. Excited Children in their Taffeta Finery.  Candy Canes tucked in their Pockets. Make Way for The Nutcracker at The Kimo Theatre. Downtown Albuquerque. Magic. This is What We See From the House Seats. But What Goes On Behind the Curtain?   Does All the Magic […]

Christmas Trees Costco Style

Christmas and Making Memories.  Memories to Hold On to Forever. Finding the Perfect Tree is a Special Christmas Memory. I would love to Fill Our Girls with the Memory of Traveling to the Jemez Mountains to Trudge through the Snow to Chop Down Our Tree. Dressed in Down and Furry Hats.  Hiking Boots and Wooly […]

The Magic ER Tree…A True Story

The Security Doors Fling Open and We Swoosh Inside. White glaring lights illuminate the scene of constant movement. The Pediatric ER.  Yes.  We are here again. 10:00 PM…22:00 in Hospital Time.  A Tuesday. Perhaps a Stomach Bug.  But Perhaps Something More.  No Fever.  Good.  Nausea with Belly Pain.  Yes. Vitals.  Monitor Hook Ups.  The Sliding […]

Over the River and Through the Woods…

Colorado-bound.  Traveling to Visit Family for Thanksgiving. Our First Venture of 2017 after the Craziness of Hospitals and Infusions and Home Nurse Visits. We Have So Much to be Thankful For. I know this Post is Late.  Very Late.  I’m Tired.  Work is Stressful and Busy. The Girls have School and Ballet.  Mr. Doodle has […]