Catchers in the Rye

Catchers in the Rye

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...
Ghosts of Ourselves

Ghosts of Ourselves

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...
Dinner Two Ways

Dinner Two Ways

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...
Out and About

Out and About

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 and Daniel since...
Everyday Life

Everyday Life

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...
Running in the Rain

Running in the Rain

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 in the...