by Jeffrey de Seriere written on 8/14/16On this day, one year ago, we lost two amazing kids. Dragon Kim was one of my students. Justin Lee was getting ready to join his best bud at OCSA in the Wind Studies Program. This is a photo I...

Hannah is crazy about the musical, Hamilton.  All her girlfriends are obsessed with Hamilton, along with half of America.  She's has been playing the music non-stop for the last week, and I gotta tell you, the music is remarkable.  I love so many things about...

  We hadn’t been to the beach all summer. This is actually pretty hard to do, living in Southern California. But last Friday, I realized that this was one of our last chances, as Hannah would be starting school on Tuesday, so we headed for the...

Today is Hannah's first day of high school.  Our little girl is growing up. Oh, how I wish I were driving two kids to OCSA instead of just one. How I wish Dragon were here to show his little sister around -- which lunch line...

We got through this terrible last week, the one year anniversary.  Thursday night was the hardest of all, because all those memories came rushing back.  Wednesday packing for camping, Thursday early morning start of our car trip, picnic lunch, arrive in Yosemite, set up camp,...

I’ve received a similar email from several friends this past year.  The email tells a terribly sad story and usually starts with: “My friend’s daughter/ husband/ mother just died in an accident/ in a car crash/ from cancer.  I want to be there for her,...

It’s nearing the end of July, drawing closer to August 14. I will never be able to think of August without trepidation again. I used to love camping.  Used to love being out in nature. I used to love Yosemite. I used to love trees.I used to have my...