This is Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  It often gets overlooked.  I can bump into Christmas at stores while I am still wearing my summer clothes and looking for school supplies for my son.  While shopping, I have found a couple of Thanksgiving items smashed...
My Daily Bucket List

My Daily Bucket List

As I write this, it is 84 days until I turn 50.  Twelve weeks. A while back, I counted the days and it was 500. And in what seems like a moment, 416 days have gone by. Time flies at a dizzyingly fast rate, and yet it is easy to think we have endless amounts.  And it...
Room For New Joy

Room For New Joy

When I was 9 years old my family and I moved into our new home that had just been built.  I remember one of the first mornings I woke up in the house.  Everything was so new.  I couldn’t believe I was home.  The blue carpeted room down the hall was mine.  The big pine...
Time to Jump

Time to Jump

Each year there is a custom at my curly hair boy’s school as they complete the year.  It is a Native American practice of placing a rope down and then jumping over it.  It symbolizes jumping into a new place and leaving the old behind.  For my son, he left 3rd grade...
Asking the Important Questions

Asking the Important Questions

“What kind of soup is that?” my son asked an elderly man sitting next to him on the Staten Island Ferry as he was eating his lunch. “Do you like it? What other foods do you have for lunch? Where are you from?” How long have you been here?” his questions continued on....