Category Archives: Memories

September 26


In 1999 when we were setting up our business, we sought out the help of a local father and son accounting firm. On the staff of the firm was a young man named Paul who was the “tech guy” for the firm. Paul set up the Quickbooks file for our business and almost 20 years […]

January 24

Chapter One

Today is a very happy anniversary of sorts for my cousin Marie and I. Marie and I had an emotional first meeting on this day a year ago in a hotel in California while I was teaching at Road to California. Marie is one of many descendants of a long relationship between my great, great […]

August 11

First Seven Jobs

#firstsevenjobs  and what I learned from each cashier at Hardee’s – customer service (I’m talking to you guy in summer of 1976 who came to my register every day in the middle of the lunch rush and requested the special-order fish sandwich with no tartar sauce and skim milk) and working quickly but accurately with […]

May 30


Our family turns 13 today. On May 30, 2002, Bill and I stood in a hotel hallway in Nanchang in Jiangxi province nervously awaiting the first time we would meet out daughter. As I saw the parade of 10 foster mothers carrying 10 orphans into the hotel I worried that I wouldn’t be enough and […]

May 29

Will You Remember?

When I’m trying to decide whether something is really worth getting upset about I play a game called, “Will I Remember?” It goes like this: is this issue serious enough that I will remember it a year from now? Because if it’s not really worth remembering, it probably isn’t worth my time. Conversely I try […]

May 23

One year ago

Dear Mies, It was one year ago that we said goodbye to you sitting on my lap in the backyard where you loved it most. So many ailments had caught up to you and we listened as you told us it was time to end your suffering. We think about you so often and have […]

May 21

Up with Dave

Prior to December 12, 1981, I watched David Letterman for entertainment. He was funny. At 4am on the morning of December 12, 1981 my affection for David Letterman took on new importance. So it marked a special farewell to me when he retired last night. In 1981 as a college student in Washington DC I […]

April 27

Leaving and Memories

There are few places in the world where a part of me resides. These are special places because I had a big growth spurt there or I discovered a part of myself I didn’t know existed. This photo was taken Thursday afternoon in Mill Valley, California at Bayfront Park during a late-afternoon run. This vista […]

April 05

Bunny Prints

At last. Easter. What must it have been like to discover the body of Jesus had disappeared? Although there are so many wonderful writings about that morning, my memories of Easter morning always remind me, oddly, of my late mother in law, Connie Kerr. The first Easter I spent with her Bill and I were […]

February 01

RIP Bonne Bell

If you were a teenage girl in the 1970s chances are that you had more than a few Bonne Bell products in your bathroom and purse (in the days before backpacks — I know! — it’s hard to believe that we had to carry everything in our hands or in a purse). Bonne Bell 10-06 […]