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Tag Archive: Family

What Would Marsha Do?

I’ve had a stressful and unhappy year. My oldest daughter barely survived seventh grade. There were enough tears to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and there were many nights spent worrying over her.… Continue reading

Forgiving Is Easy: The Light Between Oceans

It has been a long time since I’ve cried while reading a book. However, it happened recently when I finished The Light Between Oceans (2012) by M. L. Stedman. I did not just… Continue reading

On Beauty Is a Novel

As I begin reading Zadie Smith’s first novel White Teeth (2000), I realize that I have not yet posted about reading her book On Beauty (2005). For some reason, when I opened it,… Continue reading

In the Bag

We recently visited Capitol Reef National Park as a family to hike and camp. My sister Haley and her husband David are expert campers and hikers and took us there. The park is… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 11

Read previous chapters here.   Chapter 11 Leda is cooking now. She knows Walt cannot eat solid food yet, but she feels better just using her hands to create something instead of watch… Continue reading

Antonia Montosa Juanes (1907-1989): The Life Story of a Hawaiian Spaniard

I recently realized that I had a printed copy of an interview my mother did with my great grandmother Antonia Montosa Juanes. She is a Hawaiian Spaniard, born to Spanish parents in Makaweli,… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 4

Read Chapter 1 Read Chapter 2 Read Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Soledad is a good girl, quiet and kind, polite and accommodating. She still doesn’t understand why they’ve moved, gone and left Papa… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: View from the Pepper Tree

Many years ago I fancied myself a budding author of fiction. I wrote a few novels, some finished and some half-finished. While I know now that I’m no novelist, and I know that… Continue reading

Portraits from Teenage Artist Malia

Malia is a teenage artist who lives in my neighborhood. I’ve know her since she was a young girl, and I’m so impressed with her talent that I’m sharing it with you today.… Continue reading

How My Spanish Ancestors Ended Up in the United States

From as early as I can remember, I was taught to be proud of my Spanish heritage. My siblings and I all have Spanish middle names. “You are a quarter Spanish,” my mother… Continue reading