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  • Photos that Moxie Took: A Photo Essay

    Moxie is an exceptionally visual child. She has a natural propensity and talent for the visual arts – drawing, painting and photography. So we have been taking photo walks together – she uses our old iPhone (in the lifeproof case) and plays with some of the photo apps (- mostly Hipstamatic). Here are some of her […]

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  • Tepic Tales: When We Got Kicked Out of a Hotel

    We were driving through the state of Nayarit (I didn’t even know there was a state in Mexico called Nayarit until we drove through it, isn’t that sad?) and I kept being reminded of Taiwan. The jungle-y-ness of the green, the wild, the feeling that if you had some gumption, energy (and maybe connections) you […]

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  • Sinaloa (+ Book Winner)

    And so. With the federali barring the train to the Copper Canyon, we decided to just head south. If we return to the US via Arizona, we’ll stop at Creel and the Canyon from the north. Sinaloa is farmland. And us being farmers, well, it felt pretty comfortable to be driving by all the fields […]

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  • Federali vs. Service Dog

    The point  of going to El Fuerte was to catch the train to the Copper Canyon. Now, we had been planning on that train ride for a LONG TIME. Since it’s expensive (for us), we’d been saving specifically for that trip. We had read about it, purchased maps, researched the train  and actually put more […]

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  • Mourning Stella Young

    I heard that Stella Young died while the sun was setting on our camp on the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico. The sky was exploding in a multitude of colours, all bright, all fiery. Like she was herself – bright and fiery. It hit me hard. I lay awake with my children sleeping on and around […]

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  • El Fuerte (& Korea. Sort of)

    I lived in Asia for 10 years. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but let me put it this way: it was one quarter of my life. It was the place where I learned my first lessons in real work, life on my own; it’s where I fell in love for the […]

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  • Thoughts on the ABLE Act

    I’m not a political junkie and my brain isn’t particularly suited to understanding the processes of politics. But there are some things that I know – as a person with a disability, as the mother of a person with a disability, as a professional who worked with disability and employment for a decade. One of […]

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  • Just Cross in Nogales

    I was tense, very tense as we were crossing the border. Oh, nothing about Mexico or it being dangerous or anything like that; it was just the nature of border crossings and US; last time, we had to do it twice, remember? Both ways to boot. We are just slightly scatter-brained, we start singing along […]

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  • A Reason for a Holiday Card

    I’m not a holiday card person. Oh sure, I love receiving them! But having been brought up Baha’i and without the the tradition of sending cards, I never got into the habit of making them. Sometimes I try. Like that time I sent everyone at work one of those cards that come from a box […]

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  • A Gift for You, A Gift for Me

    Today is International Day of the Disabled. I’m sitting on the floor of a motel room in Mexico with my beloved, beautiful daughter next to me. She’s trying to bat her eyelashes at me and ask for Dora. She is winsome. She is charming. She is completely and utterly adorable. I think about disability – […]

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  • Arizona

    Arizona kicked us out. It was just too cold for us wimps, we can’t handle seeing our breath freeze and crack in front of us, chipping the ice off of our tailgate and wearing woolen long underwear so we have some feeling in our limbs. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but NOT MUCH. Arizona is […]

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  • Hansel and Gretel – a Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome Twist (Review + One for YOU)

    When I was contacted to review Hansel and Gretal, I was more intrigued than not. “A Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome twist”? I wondered how Down syndrome would be worked into the tale and was a little skeptical about it all. My recent experiences with reviewing things with titles that I hesitate over (- […]

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  • A Story of the Grand Canyon: Photo Essay

    Stories form in my head as we travel but somehow in the dark of the morning when I sit down to write, they are gone. Maybe they ran away with my sleeping dreams, maybe they are just hiding, but I have an empty space where they once were. I think for this post I’ll simply […]

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  • We All Matter

    I’ve been wanting to talk about Ferguson but I keep doubting myself. I feel like if I am not black, if I wasn’t there, if I’m not part of that story, then I shouldn’t.  I don’t have a right, none of us white folk do. But then I take away the lens of race and […]

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  • Zombie Town: Oatman

    Oatman was another ghost town that we, the Ghost Town Lovin’ Clan, visited. Now, I gotta say… Oatman was a total surprise. We were expecting something along the lines of Calico, which we had just visited, or maybe Bodie or Darwin. We were definitely NOT expecting what Oatman actually was. And what it was is […]

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  • ghost town: calico

    We have a thing for ghost towns. We love the ‘POW!’ that goes on with our imaginations when we go to one, the reminder of impermanence in life, that everything can change in an instant with the drop of a literal dime. I’m talking about both Mikey and I; I don’t think Moxie and Mac-Q […]

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  • Barstow

    Murphy’s Law. That’s the bit that says that if something can go wrong, it will. We experienced a smidgen of that when we discovered that the hydrolic pistons on our Alaskan Camper – you know, the pistons that I *only just* got installed in Washington?!! – were leaking piston juice all over the place. Having paid […]

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  • Fresno

    We left the Bay Area and headed for Fresno, where my friend Katie had recently moved. Like, really recently, still-not-totally-unpacked, recently. Katie and her family were attracted to the idea of moving to Fresno primarily to watch people’s reactions when they told them they were leaving Oakland…for Fresno! Nah, just joking. Really, it was a […]

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  • Family & Food

    We took my Grandpa Jack out to celebrate his 91st birthday while we were in the Bay Area. Grandpa Jack holds a special place in our lives. He’s the grandfather figure for not just Mikey and I; he’s also the grandfather figure for Micah and the kids. I know I wrote about this the last […]

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  • 101 South

    We packed our place as tightly as we could. There was something very satisfying about seeing all of our belongings neatly tucked into sturdy black and yellow Costco construction-grade totes. All in all, we don’t have much. Everything we can call ours fits in about 6 totes and that pleases me. You know what else […]

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