Appreciating Artistic Easter Eggs

Originally published in The Quarterly magazine, Spring 2013 Every morning, ordinary chicken eggs are cracked into frying pans. The content satisfies hunger and nourishes the body; and often, nothing more is thought of it… that is, until another egg dish is created or Easter rolls around. In the spring, the commonplace breakfast item demands attention […]

Old Book for New Year: Discover Poetry

To ring in the new year I wanted to celebrate an older book with even older content: “A Poem for Every Day! An Anthology of 180 Poems…” By Susan Moger. There are many similar types of books, but this particular one is for kids in grades 3-5, so it’s perfect for me, a self-proclaimed poetry simpleton. […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 12 Hopes and Dreams! 11 friends and family, 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. It’s the […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 11

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 11 friendly families, 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Whether friendly families, friends of the family, […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. A life is enhanced when we give. Sometimes we […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 9

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 9 wooden beauties 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. What is really beautiful? Is it in the Sistine Chapel or an […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 8 family trips 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Seven years ago, our family visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When I […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 7

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. A shameless plug for UCLA? Okay, maybe a little. But even more, today is about celebrating […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 6

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 6 Asian orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. I have no idea what my pictured round object is called. If you do, please enlighten me! (One friend thought […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories – Day 5

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the […]