Family

CoVID19 and War Stories

  This is day eleven of my self imposed "Stay at Home," routine and day five of the California Governor's decree. How are you all doing? Amid the humorous and not so funny memes and photos, I came across the above message, which gave me pause to reflect. My mother is in her 90's. Practicing… Continue reading CoVID19 and War Stories

Family

February, My Own Personal Valentine

  Mothers of daughters are daughters of mothers and have remained so, in circles joined to circles, since time began. Signe Hammer Ah, February, a month that begins with love. This is not because of Valentine's Day but rather because my daughter was born on February 1st. I laid on the chilly stainless steel bed… Continue reading February, My Own Personal Valentine

Family, Latino culture, Mothers, Strong Women

Ghosts past and present

  My mother's seeing ghosts again. She hasn't seen one in over 75 years. So why are they visiting now? And not one but two of them? These are the questions I'm asking myself as she tells me about the spirits floating in her room, at the foot of her bed, for the past three… Continue reading Ghosts past and present

Encouragement, Family

Summer Solstice and Hope

  Twittering birds began their rabble-rousing earlier than usual this summer solstice morning. I enjoy listening to their conversations and energy as I wake. This morning I'm praying for a better day for the thousands of detained immigrant children spending agonizing days and nights without their parents or someone to comfort them in their distress.… Continue reading Summer Solstice and Hope