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Sunflowers and Sunbeams

As I gazed at my son watching the beloved bees on the salvia in our yard, I wondered if what happened earlier played in his mind. There is no way for me to know. As the afternoon sun slanted, I studied him, and thought about what he might be thinking about. Waves of sadness lapped the edges of my heart.  [...]

Oh, Sweet Child of Mine

There’s a place off Highway 50, about 45 miles east of Sacramento and 60 miles west of South Lake Tahoe, that is pure gold. Well, pure gold figuratively, but also literally, in the past. Placerville is a Gold Rush era town that was a central hub for the Mother Lode region’s gold mining operations. As a hub, it had banks, [...]

March 28th, 2020|Categories: Road Trips|Tags: , , , , , |9 Comments

Of Central Concern

My son is a homing pigeon. As am I. When little, I didn’t know what ‘sense of direction’ meant, but I knew people often said I had a good one. And besides my dimples, my boy inherited the instincts of a rock pigeon. From the time he could walk, he knew how to find his way to, and from, certain [...]

November 4th, 2019|Categories: Road Trips|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Bakery Blitz

Teenagers are not always breakfast-loving creatures. Weekday mornings are often chaotic, so a sit-down, well-balanced, post-sleep meal featuring foods from every level of the nutrition pyramid isn’t likely to happen. From about age 15 on, getting Zach to eat breakfast before school became a challenge. Weekends were a different story. He would devour pancakes with lots of syrup and practically inhale [...]

September 13th, 2019|Categories: Road Trips|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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