Dear Anna (An Open Letter to My Niece)

July 7, 2015 Dear Anna, On this, my thirty-first wedding anniversary, as well as the beginning of your second year of marriage, I wanted to take the time to put into words both things said and unsaid over the years in our relationship, some thoughts about the world and love, and a little of what…

2015 Commencement Address: Aviano High School

This moment. This is it. This is the field of lupines. Do you remember? Parents. Grandparents. Guests. The field of bright purple lupines is a metaphor from a poem called “For a Traveler” by Jessica Greenbaum. In it she describes a simple moment, walking into a field of lupines, where she finds herself completely fulfilled…

2015: Coming to terms with my E-reader

Granted, it is a bit of an anomaly for a hippie girl like me to love technology as much as I do, but I can’t help it. I’ve always been fascinated by mechanical devices, so much so that we have a running joke in my family about what new piece of technology I’m going to…

Post Secret: Confessions of an Addict

Over and over again in the course of my life, one or the other of my friends has gushingly told me what great willpower I have. Mainly this recognition from friends comes when they see me turn things down- a cappucino, a lovely piece of chocolate cake, macaroni and cheese, whatever I’ve decided not to…

This is my tribe- a Third Culture Kid comes home

I had only been to D.C. twice in my life before this July, but suddenly, there I was waiting for friends curbside at Ronald Reagan airport, drowning in humidity, but simply aquiver with excitement- the kind of excitement most people feel when they are coming home after a long time away. And in a very…