From Santa-god to God

“Is there a Santa?” my 6-year-old son asked. It was 1989. “Yes,” I said cautiously. “There is a Santa, and he’s Mommy and Daddy.” Concerned that my son might feel let down, I added, “There’s magic in the world, too. It’s called science.” A few years later, after my...

Abandoned

I’m posting a few days late this week because Keith and I just returned from a family excursion to see the eclipse within the path of totality. During the trip, I collected stories. This is the first of four.   On Sunday morning, Keith and I woke to the sound of...

Approval

Our dogs look to Keith and me for approval. “Good girl, Freya,” we say, “good boy, Heathcliff,” when they’ve obeyed a command. We often stroke them, too, even when they haven’t done anything, just because we love them. Heathcliff likes approval but loves routine....

Simple Directions

“Go straight-on for 18 years.”  You betcha. I’ve got my parents guiding me. “Turn left ahead then follow the road for 4 years.”  Yup. That’s what I planned for college. “After 2 years, turn right.”  Nope. I know a better way. “Turn around when possible.”  Not...

Cold Fronts

Last week, a cold front came across the eastern part of the county, moving in the typical pattern from northwest to southeast. On the weather map, a blue line with triangles swept away temperatures in red.  Cool, dry air replaced the warm humidity of the previous...