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Drawn to Halloween

Starting back on October 1st, just as I was plugging in my phone and crawling into bed, I would see a notification pop up on my phone that our daughter Valerie had posted another illustration on Tumblr. The illustrations that she is posting are part of “Drawlloween” which is a [...]

By | October 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Toto, we’re not in Korea anymore

In an unusual happenstance, at the same time that our daughter Jennifer is struggling to adjust to life in Asia, our son Ethan is dealing with re-acclimating to life in the US after spending the past year in Asia…Korea to be specific. For 12 months, Ethan was stationed at Yongsan [...]

By | October 11th, 2015|0 Comments

News from Nanjing

Shortly after Jennifer arrived in Shanghai, the talk among the students turned to what they were going to do when they had a few days off from school in honor of National Day on October 1st. Jennifer texted that she and a couple of friends were going to take the [...]

By | October 4th, 2015|0 Comments

The pumpkin spice of life

Back in the dark ages when I was growing up, if you heard the word “pumpkin,” you could be quite certain that the next word would be “pie.” Everyone bought a can of pumpkin once a year for their Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Or if you liked experimenting and wanted to [...]

By | September 27th, 2015|0 Comments

I’m sorry, I’m an American

Our youngest daughter Jennifer Lynn has been in Shanghai for about 10 days now; she will be there until next May for her year-long study abroad program. She hasn't Skyped with us yet because it's a little awkward to carry on a video call when your roommate is trying to sleep. So [...]

By | September 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Keep calm and carry on

So the first text message I got from Jennifer after she arrived in Shanghai on Thursday for her year-long study abroad program was “I finally have Internet” and “I’m not dead” – always reassuring information for a parent. The second text message was “Do you have a copy of my [...]

By | September 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Summer makeover

One of the wonderful things about being a college student is being able to reinvent yourself over the summer.  During the three months that you’re separated from your college friends, the opportunity for transformation exists – to return to school in the fall as a new and improved version of [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Countdown to China

What seemed so far off at the beginning of summer is almost here. Next weekend, we’re driving our youngest daughter Jennifer Lynn back down to school in Southern California. On the following Wednesday, she’ll fly out of LAX to begin her year studying abroad in Shanghai. Why China? Steve and [...]

By | August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

A very cultured event

There is a growing interest in fermented products. As evidence, last Saturday the Finley Center in Santa Rosa bubbled with energy as practitioners of the ancient art of fermentation shared their knowledge and sampled their products with a huge crowd of Sonoma County residents. And it wasn't just wine and beer that [...]

By | August 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Cat Cafe

Our middle daughter Valerie loves cats; she gets teased by her siblings about turning into a crazy cat lady when she gets old. In the five years since she left to go away to college, we’ve never been sure who she misses more…us or the cats. Many, many photos of our [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|0 Comments