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the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

December 8, 2016 |  Category:   family life remembering

Some life events happen in such a way that when you look back, it makes you wonder how the universe orchestrates details that make moments poignant in retrospect. This is what happened this summer when Mark’s dad passed away. But let me tell you first about oysters because this is what I remember most – how he loved them, but also the most vivid memory of eating raw oysters with him in Alaska. I’m sure I’ve had raw oysters before as a child, but just coming out of being a vegetarian for all of my adult life and introducing seafood back into my diet, the experience of eating the freshest, just shucked oysters outdoors in Alaska where he lived at… CONTINUE READING

Life in a snowglobe

Life in a snowglobe

February 15, 2014 |  Category:   life remembering travels

Can’t seem to get rid of the snow. Not when you have a storm every single week. Because just when you think that maybe some of that week-old frozen ice of a snow pile is ever so slightly starting to melt, this happens:   And the very next morning after a storm, more of this:   But I have to say, when I walked the girls to school this morning with the sun shining so brightly that I had my sunglasses on because the sun reflecting off the snow was almost blinding, you couldn’t help but remark how beautiful it was, particularly since it was a balmy 35 degrees. I heard similar chatter all around me as parents walked their… CONTINUE READING

being 10

being 10

February 11, 2014 |  Category:   family favorite posts life remembering

I remember being 10, do you? It’s when memories start to have real traction and you can recount the details that make distant memories still alive.   I turned 10 the year we entered a new decade, the 80s. Life then was all about living on rollerskates every free minute that I wasn’t in school, skating around in circles in my basement to Donna Summer, Blondie and the Jackson Five.   I begged my mom for Jordache and Sasson jeans, Nike sneaks tricked out with the fattest color laces you can find and knee high tube socks with 3 stripes, not two. I also wore a lot of feathers, brightly colored and on clips that we attached to our hair.… CONTINUE READING

room, version 4

room, version 4

January 8, 2014 |  Category:   home life remembering

We’ve been needing to update the girls’ room for awhile so I spent most of the holiday vacation doing what I do best: purging and organizing. They need proper desks, having long outgrown the smaller-sized kids’ table that they’ve been using since they were toddlers, and the girls are totally over anything that they deem too “babyish”. Space is a challenge; their room isn’t particularly big and I sometimes find myself wishing that we could sacrifice some of our common living space, which is fairly spacious (by NYC standards), for slightly bigger bedrooms.   But we’ve been here before. This will be the 4th version of this room. There was first a crib, then a single twin bed, then bunk… CONTINUE READING

remembering snow

remembering snow

January 4, 2014 |  Category:   growing up half life remembering

This has got to be the longest Christmas vacation ever.   Girls were back in school Thursday, but as snow started falling that evening, I had a feeling that school would be closed the next day. At 6am, Mark popped his head in as he was leaving for the kitchen to let me know that public schools were closed. I promptly rolled over to his side of the bed to shut the alarm off and went back to sleep. 2 hours later I heard one of the kids running into the room in a bit of a panic because she thought that we had overslept and we’d be late leaving for school (we are all a bit anal retentive about… CONTINUE READING

a 25 block walk

a 25 block walk

December 1, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc remembering

When the girls were little, solo walks around the city like this were rare. They still don’t happen very often even though they’re school age and there are now 34 hours a week spent apart from them, but yes, sometimes long solo walks do happen. They’re often not planned and most times are spur of the moment when I run in to do an errand and just decide to keep walking. You know that saying, “taking a walk to clear your head”. I suppose it’s true especially when your thoughts can sometimes suffocate you, but I also notice that when you’re walking briskly through a city that you have a long history with, the neighborhoods and streets move through like… CONTINUE READING

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

October 28, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life nyc outings remembering seasonal

  Did you have a good weekend-before-Halloween? One of our favorite harvest festivals in the city happen to be in the Meatpacking District and that’s where we spent our morning on Saturday. It’s held in the little plaza off of Gansevoort and the activities and even some of the food is free as local businesses in the neighborhood donate their time and goods. The kids are at an age, as Mia rather begrudgingly observed, where they are aging out of some of the holiday events in the city, but this harvest fest is still fun and age appropriate. I like it too because it’s small and very neighborhoodly and I guess I still get a kick out of the irony… CONTINUE READING

the rainforest, big trees, yellow jackets and rain

the rainforest, big trees, yellow jackets and rain

September 7, 2013 |  Category:   life remembering Seattle & the NW travels

I’ve done a lot of camping and hiking in my late teens/ early 20s and have spent a lot of time on the Oregon Coast and camping out in the woods and national forests on both coasts, Minnesota and even up in Quebec, but I don’t really remember being in such awe of nature like I have on this trip. Maybe it’s because I was just a kid back then and didn’t really appreciate it like I do now. You know how unimpressed with the world teenagers can be, even for a city kid who suddenly found herself in the middle of the woods for weeks at a time with just a backpack. “Isn’t this amazing??!!?”, I ask the girls.… CONTINUE READING

Montauk, and more thoughts on travel

Montauk, and more thoughts on travel

July 11, 2013 |  Category:   family life remembering travels

There are some memories that get left behind in childhood and some that stay imprinted in our minds. Not sure why some stay or go, but it’s been interesting to see how some of these childhood memories inform some of our decisions as parents.   I’ve written before about how we rarely traveled when I was a kid. From photos, it appears that my parents and I did a bit more traveling in my earliest years before my brother was born – I remember going to Niagara Falls; I’ve seen photos of us in Washington DC. But it seems that after my brother came along, the traveling became less frequent. I don’t know if it’s cultural and the influence of… CONTINUE READING

Washington Sq Park, summer in the city and 1 last visit to Dojo

Washington Sq Park, summer in the city and 1 last visit to Dojo

June 5, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc remembering

Washington Square Park is one of those NY places that I have a long history with, going all the way back to high school when my friends and I would venture into the Village on the weekend from Queens. I graduated in this park too, 13 years ago from grad school at the NYU-wide graduation ceremony. Having had a formal graduation earlier at Carnegie Hall for the Tisch School where most of my classmates and I had family and guests attend, this ceremony was just for pure fun. My friends and I ran around the streets surrounding the park in purple gowns that day, one in a sea of many purple gowns.   But I mostly associate Washington Square Park… CONTINUE READING

urbanization, public spaces, and a changing NY

urbanization, public spaces, and a changing NY

June 3, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc outings remembering

I was talking with a friend while sitting on the grass on Governors Island over the weekend, observing just how many public parks and green spaces have opened in the city within the last 5-10 years – essentially the time we became parents. Aside from Governors Island, we now have the High Line, the Hudson River Piers and Parks, the Brooklyn Bridge Piers and Parks, the Williamsburg waterfront, and countless other playgrounds and car-free pedestrian plazas. Most of these spaces are still works in progress, spanning development over many years and opening to the pubic in phases, often one pier at a time for example, while funding gets established. Indeed, it’s been interesting to see the progress over the years… CONTINUE READING

when our mothers become people in our eyes

when our mothers become people in our eyes

May 13, 2013 |  Category:   family life remembering

When I was younger, I remember my mother climbing the stairs to our upstairs attic where she would head after dinner nearly everyday for 2 years. My mom was earning her college degree long distance from a small private college in Maine and she used that little 8′ x 8′ room at the top of the stairs as her study. I don’t really even remember how old I was and I certainly didn’t understand what a big deal it was for my mom at that age; I just remember helping her sometimes with the grammar on her papers because English wasn’t her first language and even though she was a fairly fluent speaker, writing was a whole other story.  … CONTINUE READING

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