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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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  • I Get Down

    I felt this wave of mope hit yesterday. It was partly just being in the city again – the lady who sat in her car and honked and honked and honnnnnkkkkkkkkkked some 10 feet away, and then yelled at us because she had to wait for Mikey. The guy who felt the need to waddle […]

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  • Horse Therapy and Creative Brains

    Random: I was brushing Micah’s hair on  the morning of School Photo Day, trying my best to create a less “mad scientist” look for him when he turned to me and said, “you know, you love my creativity so I don’t think you should be brushing my hair, Mommy.” - huh? “Yeah, my hair is attached […]

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  • 6 Months on the Lost Coast

    6 months ago we had to abort the Pan American Highway trip that we had planned and worked hard on for over two years. We felt kicked in the gut, forsaken, and had absolutely no idea that the Lost Coast would actually be what we were looking for: a place to call “home”. We have all fallen […]

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  • Disability and the License to Kill

    Difficult conversations are the uncomfortable conversations, and I think, the ones that we often shirk by the very nature of that discomfort. But they are usually the ones that we need to have. I think this whole conversation of assisted suicide and killing children with disabilities is one that is extremely uncomfortable. And one that […]

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  • The ‘Momcation’ + Winner Announced

    Mikey and I agreed that after my heavy solo-parenting gig of the summer and also solo-care of our chitlins during stretches when Mikey left the farm to buy a truck (or visit friends), I deserved a break, a Momcation. Like, a real momcation, without even one child with me, completely solo. So I signed up […]

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  • Halloween on the Lost Coast

    I was kind of dreading Halloween. On one hand, I love the kids costumes and I love the whole ‘dress up’ element, but I really wondered how fun it could be out here, when everyone lives miles away from one another. And getting in the car, fastening all the kids, driving to a house wayyyyyy […]

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  • The Bear We Are Eating Now

    While the kids and I were in Portland, they killed a bear up here. I mean, we came home to an enormous bear hide covered in salt, drying, bear meat in the fridge and some 300 lbs more of it headed our way. That’s the short story. The long story is this: A neighbor stopped […]

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  • “Red Dawn People”

    Katherine laughed her head off at us when she came to visit this summer, saying we were like the “Red Dawn People” and that just about me die of laughing because, yeeaaaaaaah! Aside from the whole WW3 and bad-80’s-movie thing, she was totally onto it. Almost all of us on the Lost Coast are up […]

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  • Friends in the City

    I don’t think I can live in cities anymore. But Portland is the sweetest little city that I adore right now. It makes me wish I could live in a city, especially because beyond the lovely structure of the city itself, it’s graceful bridges, beautiful landscaping and almost Canadian-like sensibility, I have friends in Portland. […]

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  • 9 Reasons to Move to Portland

    Portland is the sweetest little city that I adore right now. It makes me wish I could live in a city and after having spent a decade in the Bay Area, it kind of makes me kick myself for not having spent my city-dwelling years there, instead of San Francisco/Oakland/Alameda. Or Tokyo. God, why did […]

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  • mom-musings on motels and kids

    I wish there was a TV channel dedicated exclusively to Dora the Explorer. Whenever I arrived in a motel, I could just turn this channel on and tether Moxie to it and thus the motel microwave ovens, the fridge, the door, the toilet, the toilet paper, the alarm clocks, MY ESSENTIAL OILS and all items packed […]

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  • why I can’t live in the city anymore

    I pulled the truck to a stop to adjust Garmin after coming out of the Starbucks drive-thru. It was a narrow little road, no other cars around, and I stopped where I was, basically. Entered the address of where we were going. Looked up and saw this guy in a van evidently cussing me out […]

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