Postcards

Naples Below

We took a tour of an underground aqueduct system beneath the city.  It was really, really cool — literally, quite pleasant on a hot summer day — and also marvelously strange to be walking through passages that served such an ordinary function but were such masterpieces of engineering, and so Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Postcards

Christmas Alley

One of the first things we did on my visit to Naples was visit the touristy bit of downtown:  my family knew I would particularly like Christmas Alley, and indeed, it was (forgive me) right up my alley!  :D Naples is (I learned) the birthplace of the Nativity Scene.  I Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Adoption Journey

Revisions

….I’ve longed to be a mother for many years, and I’m very excited to be starting a family through open adoption. Open adoptions are based on mutual trust and respect between a birthmother and the adopting family she chooses for her baby. You can read about me, my family, friends, Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Scrapbook

Happy Birthday(s)!

My brother and his daughter have the same birthday. In fact, for reasons of math, the digits in their ages always add to the same number.  Like, when he was 30, she was 3, and when he turned 42, she was turning 15. by

By Rebecca, ago
Hello

How to Love Mornings

Some few weeks ago my grandmother, who has learned to love email, sent me advice about how to become a Morning Person.   First of all, you must rise just before dawn. You put on a fluffy bathrobe and warm slippers and go into your kitchen.  (Your kitchen is beautiful, Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Holidays

Happy Easter!

Christmas happens as a whole season for me (all 12 days) and so does Easter:  I celebrate spring on the equinox, observe Lent haphazardly, throw myself 100% into my family’s beloved Easter traditions (we take egg decorating very seriously), and I celebrate Passover by myself.  To me, this is all Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
Kids

If you can catch it…

  My mother used to say, regarding birds, squirrels, etc, “If you can catch it, you can keep it.” She knew perfectly well we’d never actually catch a squirrel by chasing it! And I remember being told that you could catch a bird by putting salt on its tail. (You Read more…

By Rebecca, ago
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100 years ago

Just taking a moment for history….  image links to the library of congress’ newspaper for July 28th, 1914.   Top pop hit from 1014:  the 12th St Rag   and a map of my neighborhood in 1914!   by

By Rebecca, ago
Adoption Journey

Surrender with Hope

I hate this whole concept of acceptance.  I hate giving up.  And it’s been very, very hard for me to learn the difference between giving up trying, and gracefully surrendering to something you can’t control. Oh, hell.  Honestly, I still haven’t learned it.  I really, truly can’t usually tell the Read more…

By Rebecca, ago