Dragon and Isabelle became friends in 2nd grade, in Mrs. Falcinella's class. This year, Isabelle will be a senior in high school, as Dragon would have been. A big year, just a step shy of college. Isabelle emailed me recently.  She worked on and finished a...

Hannah had her annual "well-baby check up" today.  You know, the one you take your kid to every year around her birthday.  15 years old and over 5’8” – almost half a foot taller than me -- Hannah is in the top 96% for height,...

One of the things I treasure most of Dragon's is his last Spotify playlist. Each one of those songs brings back specific times with Dragon. Dragon would blast "Sail" every night coming back from water polo at Northwood High School. "Hero" reminds me of the...

Happy Easter weekend, everybody.  I know many of you were on vacation this week, enjoying Hawaii, Italy, Korea.  I hope you had a wonderful time and are getting home safely.  We were in Korea during this Spring Break week in 2014.  That same week, 300 South...

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Lately, I’ve been thinking more about the photos I didn’t take than the photos I did.  That moment just before I snapped the shutter, when the toddler was crying, and the baby wouldn’t look at the camera, and the dog wouldn’t sit still, and the...

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...

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