I always think of Vernie, a nextdoor neighbor lady, when I think back to forms of generosity in my youth. At first blink, she may not be the kind of lady you would expect to be so kind. She smoked cigarettes, drank (perhaps to excess), and had a daughter who brought the first grandchild to … Continue reading Vernie
I spent the last years of my educational career in Austin working as director for a law/humanities magnet school on Congress Avenue. While there, I met a whole crew of interesting people on staff, including a former attorney who taught, among other things, a popular course entitled Street Law. Another gem, Ms. G, taught beginning … Continue reading Take Revlon to Bed?
A loss is hard at any time, but at sixty three, I never thought about your dying. If I had planned for it, I might have suggested we indulge more (or I save more)! More hot fudge sundaes, more licorice snaps while watching the sun set on the lake with you. But now, here I … Continue reading Drifting #31
I've been having issues with vehicles lately. Not sure why. Not the kind of issues where my car breaks down or anything, just problems keeping my cool around other drivers. Friday something strange happened. I pulled into the HEB grocery store and slowly made my way toward two open parking spots up near the entrance. … Continue reading Vehicular Move-aside
A curse settled upon the ladies associated with the Jello brand gelatin dynasty of the early 1950's. This is what Mary believed until it dawned on her much later that the true curse was patriarchy or male chauvenism—a world that enveloped her and millions of American homemakers thanks to a growing merchandising and advertising campaign. … Continue reading Jello Walls and I Tunes Cards
The last things I remember are leaving the hotel on Monday around 5 p.m., arriving at the airport and going through a long, slow security screening. At some point the three of us flew out of Kauai and into Honolulu where I have a vague recollection of sitting in a catatonic state watching over our … Continue reading What Happened to Tuesday?
Our final stop this vacation is the gorgeous island of flowers: Kaua'i. Our friends, Natalie and Patrick, surprised us with fantastic accommodations at the Kauai Shores Hotel. Hugging the Pacific coastline, this colorful locale boasts two hundred rooms, a large grassy play area, two pools, a hot tub, and laundry rooms. An added bonus is … Continue reading Kaua’i
Thinking about our ancestral heritage, I am struck by the thought of people connected to me, my family, having the courage to make their way through Ellis Island, trying to understand questions upon arrival in a language unfamiliar to anyone in their group. What money did they have after paying for passage on the ships? … Continue reading Braving the Unknown
Green Sea Turtle on Punalu'u Beach Punaluʻu Beach, a sparkling black sand beach along the south eastern shore of Hawaii, took us about two and a half hours driving from the Royal Kona Resort. Even so, we couldn't have been more happy to spend our day so close to volcanic rock formations, the tiny grains … Continue reading Big Island
Renting an AirBNB in Honolulu on the island of Oahu has provided my family tribe of seven plenty of bonding time as well as time to explore. After unpacking on day one, we hit Kahala Beach. This small sandy beach proved to be a perfect introduction to the warm currents, soft breezes, and frothy breaks … Continue reading Oahu