I Need to Get This Story Straight . . .

Blurry But Happy: Daughter Elaine (Wearing Tatie Noelline’s Hei), Me (Center Back), and One Branch of Our Tahitian Family. Tapuamu, Tahaa, Leeward Islands of Society Archipelago. January, 2004.  . . . And I need your help!  Maybe you remember that I’m working on a book about extended families. Maybe you remember that I’m focusing on blended extended families. Now, I […]

Weekend Reflection: Strong

It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the […]

Acoustic Vacation

Sunrise on Oahu’s North Shore. The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Nine I unplugged for this vacation. My husband, Rich, and I flew to Hawaii to visit my daughter, Elaine, her husband, Rob, their boys, Cadence and Sawyer, and Little Miss Kidney Bean, due to be born in September. They’re stationed at Pearl Harbor, for now, […]

The Half-Baked Corn Pudding Caper

Grandma’s Casserole Finding Grace in the Church Kitchen“Our next potluck is November 20. Use it as your lab to try out the dishes you plan to serve on Thanksgiving.” The invitation in our church bulletin a few months ago enticed me to finally try to reproduce my grandmother’s corn pudding. She’d often served it at […]