A Patio Wedding Venue…Again and Again.

21 Years Ago We Had a Outdoor Patio Wedding. At a Neighborhood Restaurant. The Wedding was Small.  Just Family. We Said Our Vows.  11:00 AM.  And then had Lunch. Barbeque.  Ribs.  Chicken.  Slaw.  Fries. We had a Band.  Mr. Doodle Played Piano and Sang.  To Me. In My Life.  John Lennon. The Judge who Married […]

Finally…We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.

People Say Spring Always Comes. But there are Years When Doubt Creeps In.  Maybe No Spring This Year. And Then Presto.  Overnight.  It’s Spring.   Here in the Desert South West, Water is at a Premium. All the Striking Cloudless Blue Skies are the Result of Thin Air and No Rain.   Beautiful.  Yes.  But […]

A March Madness Cheap Date

March Madness.  Heard of It? It’s College Basketball’s Equivalent of the Oscars. For College Players.  Some who will make it to the NBA. Others Who Play Just for the Love of the Game. Mr. Doodle’s Favorite Month of the Year.     I must first tell you that I care very little for College Basketball, […]

So What is Family Day?

Family Day. The anniversary of the day when a new member joins a family in the adoption process. Family Day for Us is the Moment We Became a Family of 4. The Moment 2 Girls Became Sisters. March 2, 2009 in Guangzhou, China.    A Moment Forever in Our Hearts. It Began with Tears. Lots […]

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 […]