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dragons, and groundhogs, and snow – oh my!


the kinder celebrated the lunar new year

with a fierce painting of a chinese dragon

who will keep us all safe

woody the groundhog was scheduled to emerge this morning

on groundhog day

 to predict how much longer winter will stick around


we are now-

about to be hit with a MAJOR snowstorm.

it’s truly a week

to celebrate things

big and small.

in honor of groundhog day:

“what fresh hell is this?!”

-woody the groundhog

in honor of the lunar new year:

“so comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”

– j.r.r. tolkien

in honor of the snow:

“snow day, bring it!”

-beth kennedy




at the asian new year birthday celebration

of our young friend, y

wearing her traditional korean holiday dress

and bowling shoes


basketball, rock and roll, and football 

playing on the big screens

of the american bowling alley

celebrating with grandies and more friends 

indian, african-american, lebanese, irish, iranian, korean

adults, children, babies

all enjoying the fun

all bowling

all sharing a meal

all languages

all blowing out the candles

all toasting


“preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

-cesar chavez

57, 3 , 6, 500, 399 – a fiesta of numbers.



“all the world is birthday cake,

so take a piece, but not too much.”

 – george harrison 



i celebrate


each of those numerals

represent something

important to me

my number of years on earth

my number of daughters

my number of grand babies

my number of posts

my number of dog years on earth

ah, but

which is which?


“with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

― william shakespeare 

nun the wiser



one of my favorite christmas eve memories, was when my aunt, a catholic nun, mother superior of her order, came to town for the holidays. she came over early, to chat and hang out at my place. the rest of the family was running late, so for some reason, my daughters and i decided to keep her busy by playing a holiday game of ‘quarter bounce.’ open-minded, liberal nun that she is, she asked the rules and played right along with us. she actually did quite well, and we secretly wondered if she might have played once or twice before. 











later, when the whole family arrived, we decided to play ‘would you rather?.’ imagine our joy and endless laughter, (including hers), when the card she drew asked, ‘would you rather – a) have no breasts but saucer-sized nipples  -or- b) huge breasts and no nipples? could there have been anyone better in the family to have drawn that card?! sometimes the universe just lines up perfectly and offers you an unexpected and joyous gift. she chose the huge breasts option, by the way. 


Life must be lived as play. – Plato



and then…….!


a day of ups and downs and ups again. began with the farmer’s market – flowers, fruits, veggies, jams, babies finding music there and dancing to live strings as the sun gleamed down. and then…. a car surprise – went from oil change in 15 minutes and 19 dollars, to front suspension in 2.5 hours and 838 dollars. threw in a free light bulb.  and then…..thai dinner – hot spicy fun and laughter and burning lips with friends, including our volleyball player in a cast ‘with a slight break/chip’. and then……ran into aut/out-fest, filled with rainbows, beads, italian ices and drag queens.  and then…..wandered into a wedding back at the scene of the morning farmers market, more music and beauty everywhere.  and then… a  bicycle built for 7.  full circle.  and then…….






But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world.

There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.

 Dave Matthews