First Italian Haircut

            It is long overdue—I must do something about my hair. The blond highlights from twelve weeks ago in Dallas sit like strange, unintentional accidents atop my dark base. The brittle, blonde streaks have grown out two inches. With my older kids watching my younger ones at home, I bravely strap…

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Matisse for Mothers

Matisse for Mothers

Harmony in Red The Green Stripe (or Portrait of Mme. Matisse) (Goldfish)      As my children nap, I peruse a coffee table book of Matisse to relax my mind and body. I feel a wave of peace wash over me like a wave on the beach. What is it about Matisse? I spend long…

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Special Destination

Special Destination

          It is Sebastian’s fifth birthday. I had wanted to make it one of those memorable birthdays. When my older son Jacob, now 18 years old, had turned 5, it was a special experience he still vividly remembers. We took him to an area in Maryland where wild horses still roam free.…

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Getting To Know This Place

   The first few days of being in our new apartment–the top two floors of this house are ours while the owner’s daughter lives on the ground floor–were physically taxing.      The kitchenette (it does not merit the title “kitchen”) has cabinet doors with sharp corners. It seems I am always stooping down to…

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Taormina

Taormina

Jacob, Clare, Mary, Sebastian and I stayed in Taurmina by accident.  We had lingered a little too long in Syracuse, a little too long on Mt. Etna, and then a wee bit too long for dinner in Taurmina on the way home. . . so we stayed the night. What a delight to explore one…

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