Día de Muertos shrines

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As our family just experienced the loss of an Auntie and Day of the Dead celebrations are soon upon us, it seems fitting to start a proper celebration this year. If you are… Continue reading

Sleep

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“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”   ~John Steinbeck “The brain uses a quarter of… Continue reading

Extreme sports

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“Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and… Continue reading

The lottery

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Over the past couple of months, my family has discussed what we would do differently if we won the lottery. This is not passive dreaming, we had purchased tickets. First one was my… Continue reading

Unpacking

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I’ve been home from Hong Kong for about 3 days now. But I lost Tuesday. I got younger by 4 hours that day. Time travel is tough. I have some rules. Unpack immediately.… Continue reading

Private School

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2 weeks ago, our son started grade 8 in a private school. As they say, “timing is everything”. We had actually made this decision over a year ago. Today it seems like the… Continue reading

Education hacking

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“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”   ~Paul Harvey There is a measure of comfort in knowing there are many others who have come… Continue reading

The Good Beach Life

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Just like the seaside, a lifestyle is not always calm. There are moments of quiet reflection, even meditation. But as the wind picks up and the atmospheric pressure changes, so will the internal… Continue reading

Beach House

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I live close to a beach, now. My childhood was spent in and around the prairies, rolling hills, pastures, grass land, big sky sunsets. All those things are nice, but the seaside is… Continue reading

Appreciate

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Probably the same as gratitude, which I have written about many times before. But somehow, last night, when I was deep into the witching hour, I could not summon the tiniest bit of… Continue reading

Teenager in the house

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“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”   ~Friedrich Schiller Yesterday my son stepped over from being a tween, solidly joining the ranks of teens. So far so good. It has only been… Continue reading

Stockholm helgen

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My Grandfather was born in Sweden. A cousin went to University in Stockholm. One of my dear friends lives in the archipelago. I’ve travelled to Norway too many times to count. Somehow this… Continue reading

Food Preservation

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The house is hot and humid this morning. Which is drag, because it is easily the hottest day outside, in about a 10 day stretch. And I have many other, more “important” things on… Continue reading

Service, Community, Adventure

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As we approached the US border control post on Friday morning, I hoped it would be an easy crossing. Standard questions and answers and we would be on our way. Where are you… Continue reading

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