I Can’t Always Get What I Want

But yes, I need what I get. As a graduate student, I spent a year on a Polynesian island doing research. Twenty years later, after discussing my adventures and misadventures with dozens and dozens of people, one thing is clear: However your imagination conjures my island experience, it wasn’t quite like that. One of the features of small-island […]

The Museum of Mom

[Today’s post is from the archives.]   In Loving Memory of my Mother, Marilyn Lee Downs Seiler.  August 20, 1936 – September 30, 2008. The Search of a Lifetime The message from my father came as we were preparing to leave for vacation: Hi, I have given much thought to how to give your mom’s wedding rings […]

Comfort, Baked: How a Casserole Becomes Famous

It Started at Shipmates When I was a small child, my family worshiped at First Congregational UCC in San Bernardino. Our parents belonged to Shipmates, a couples’ fellowship. Many of my most enduring memories of that congregation stem from Shipmates-instigated activities. Notable among these events were Pal Week (a secret-friend type weeklong adventure that must remain […]

Weekend Reflection: Homecoming

In memory of Marlene Ann Downs Isbell, aka Auntie M.  August 3, 1938 – April 30, 2013 Heaven has gained another jewel.  15 Precious in the sight of the Lord    is the death of his faithful servants.16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;    I serve you just as my mother did;    you […]

The Baby Book Led Me Astray

Me, Cadence, Elaine. January 14, 2013 My daughter’s been on my mind lately. She was here, just a few days ago, on a too-quick visit to claim her firstborn and return with him to the family’s new home on Guam. We squeezed a whole lot of living into those few days, talking and eating and […]