10 Jun

On Memory: Time, Place,

“Anyone who has ever revisited the place of his birth after years of absence is shocked by the differences between the way the place actually is, and the way he has remembered it. He may walk along old familiar streets … more

30 Oct

Gracias a la Vida

We will miss you Jane, long live your memory, your resiliance and dedication.

28 Oct

“The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are I want to … more

28 Oct


my sacred space the view before the storm, dark green forest and threatening sapphire sky, the sea calm, beckoning, the womb of the world, how I came to be. sea the mystery. forest the constraining life out of which I … more

15 Oct

Peel me a Pomegranate

(exerpt from my unpublished memoir by the same name) Saturday afternoon. Father on a business trip as usual. Leo and I at the beach or playing outside, of course. Sticky heat behind the ears and inside Mom’s thighs where they … more

15 Oct

Another Way to Peel a Pomegranate by Lisa Harper

My creative writing professor, mentor and fellow mommy, Lisa Harper wrote about pomegranate peeling, eating and drinking in her blog, Learning to Eat. She mentions my memoir and the pomegranate story that is at the heart of it all. Read … more

19 Jul

Ella’s Dictionary ~ 12-15 months

Ball Down Nos Oko Uvo Pupa (belly button) Duda or Cuca (pacifier) More! No! MINE! Go away No way Move! Clean up! Cheese Pola (Paula) Barney papa (eat) I papa I down Na-na (sleep) Pa-pa (bye) E-o (leo) Bye Hi

18 Jun

Start Anywhere

“Start anywhere.” – says the greeting card I bought a while ago. “Start anywhere.” – says the greeting card I bought a while ago, and placed on my vision board. “Start anywhere.” – says the greeting card I bought a … more

17 Jun

Breast is Best

October 2007 (Ella’s 3rd month) Whoever thinks that all wars in the world have been started by men, has never been in a room with two moms with opposing viewpoints on breastfeeding. I have never in my life encountered an issue … more

17 Jun

A Good Book

October 2007 (Ella’s 3rd month) Next to her bed, next to her bottle of water, baby book, tissues, nipple cream, chap stick, journal and pen, Boppy pillow, glasses, hairclip, and a trash magazine, a new mother needs a good book. Not … more