California has been in a devastating drought for the last few years. The wildflowers in the desert love the water, but because of our drought, for the longest time, the spring bloom has been sparse. This year, the rains finally came. This year, they said,...

I opened the newspaper today to see a photo of teenagers rushing the water at Saturday’s lifeguard tryouts in San Clemente.  They were competing for summer jobs at the Southern California beach.  The photo and accompanying story made me think of one of the projects...

As I took Hannah and her friend Ashley to school this morning, I saw ghosts of ourselves.  Last year, well, 2014-15 actually, I would take Dragon to school every morning at around 7:30.  We’d leave the house and drive out towards Tustin Ranch Road.  On...

This is what I did for dinner last night.  I opened up my fridge and found some kale.  Two leftover roasted sausages.  An onion.  Bacon. I diced and fried up the bacon, and set it aside. I sautéed diced onions in the rendered fat, because that’s...

I went this past weekend to Ojai.  I went to Ojai with two dear friends – two of my graduate school roommates that have been faithful companions to me especially in this last year of mourning.  It would be my first time away from Hannah...

I went with Hannah yesterday to get our eyebrows done.  We go to this threading place.  It’s amazing -- threading.  In case you don’t know, as I didn’t for a very long time, threading is a technique for precisely removing unwanted hair, like around your...

Mom, did you know that pollution makes sunsets more colorful?  Mom, did you know that being a chemist is one the most dangerous jobs, because of your daily exposure to deadly chemicals? Mom, did you know you get wetter if you run than if you walk...

But little Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy! -Robert Burns Of Mice and Men The other day Hannah asked me to buy her a book She needs for...

I couldn't do it alone. I knew I had to decorate the tree. I knew I had to decorate the house. We have Hannah, and she still wants to celebrate Christmas. She should. She ought to have a childhood that includes celebrating Christmas, even if my...

Yesterday, Daniel and I were driving to a meeting. All the restaurants and stores we passed brought back memories from the 14 years we lived here, memories of Dragon.  Here was the Game Stop from which he’d buy his video games; here was the Creamistry...