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

Family, Inspiration

An Inspiring and Compassionate Birthday Wish

  Some of us approach birthdays with trepidation, others with a sense of joy, and some people really don't think about being another year old. My mother used to be in the first category, especially in the last two decades. Her image of youth and trying to maintain it seemed to be constantly on her… Continue reading An Inspiring and Compassionate Birthday Wish

Blogging, Family, Female Offenders, Mothers, Parenting, Parenting our Parents, Travel

Travels with Mom

  I arrived back to Oxnard, California from Denver yesterday evening from a visit with my daughter. Rain fell the night before, puddling the deck with water. My mother and I stood outside in the cool morning breeze to smell rain and touch the droplets pooled on the banister. California is in a drought and… Continue reading Travels with Mom