Category: Family

A Coalition of Cheetah and a Poesy of Parks’

A Coalition of Cheetah and a Poesy of Parks’

My husband reminded me that after I posted about the 5 cheetah we saw in The Kruger, I never came back to tell you what a group of male cheetah are called. A “coalition.” A coalition of cheetah. When I first heard the word, I thought our heavily accented guide was saying “a collision of …

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My Dad Might Kick You in the Face

My Dad Might Kick You in the Face

This is my dad, Roy. Today he would have been 72. As a birthday present, I’d love you to read about my dad for just a minute… He was pretty crazy, was a wonderful wood-carver, ordered his evening beer and cigarettes from us in Spanish only, danced when he needed to fart, kicked some guy …

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Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!

Let’s face it. There’s nothing light about Russia’s most recent threat to reduce America to ashes. But there is also nothing new, thankfully, and all the blustering leaves ordinary Americans and ordinary Russians scratching our heads and wondering why we can’t just have a cookout (that’s a “braai” for you ZA’ers) with some hot dogs …

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There Was a Little Girl…

There Was a Little Girl…

Do you have a nursery rhyme or poem, or saying from childhood that still stays with you? In my case, I internalized a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: There was a little girl By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There was a little girl,             Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead.             When …

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What Kind of Hero(ine) Are You?

What Kind of Hero(ine) Are You?

I had a minor “Manuscript Monday” epiphany while in the Maldives. Okay, maybe not so much epiphany as another mini-insight. (I think epiphanies are for people who overlook all the minor revelations on a regular basis.) It was the last morning before catching our plane back to reality. I woke early to watch the sunrise …

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Dear 2014, Let’s Do This!

Dear 2014, Let’s Do This!

Dear 2014, I realize we just met, but I’m someone who goes into every new relationship with an open heart and high expectations, so I thought I better let you know my intentions, in six parts… . Part One: Love Don’t let twenty years make me think I’m on a marriage high horse. Appreciate more. …

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Some Words For My Husband After Twenty Years of Marriage

Some Words For My Husband After Twenty Years of Marriage

Today’s post is for my husband. We married on New Year’s Eve, 1993. The morning after you drove me home in the snow, when my bicycle was all I had for the twelve-mile ride; the morning after we spent the night talking in your car by the lake, when we watched the otter swim past… …

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Weekend at a South African Farm

Weekend at a South African Farm

You’re either country folk, or you’re city folk, and it’s a deep-seated longing when you’re out of your element. Kurt and I are country folk, and we never get used to the close-quarter assignments of urban (or even suburban) living. So we were really grateful, this past holiday weekend, to be invited to the family …

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Awkward, Feel-Good Thanksgiving Video

Awkward, Feel-Good Thanksgiving Video

Sometimes you just need to dump all the stress and share something that makes you feel good, laugh, and enjoy people who are as awkward and dorky as yourself. Thank you, Hill Family, for your Thanksgiving Flash Mob to “Don’t Stop Believing” and thanks, HuffPo for sharing it three years later so I could find …

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