Noah Ilya: birth story

i am getting old, so I’ve decided to write our birth story of our second son before I forget.

so, Noah has had a range of due dates. 1,648 more words

Family Stories

The Underground Railroad at Pleasant Hill

When I was young, I’d go driving with my grandfather Ed Drake, and he would often point out local landmarks and tell me little tidbits about each place. 1,794 more words

Family History

The Cobbler and the Soldier

I’m continuing to teach my class on creative writing through the lens of family stories. This week’s assignment was for the students to choose an old family photo and then tell a story from the perspective of one of the people in the photo. 1,516 more words


Family Reading: Folktales for Young Children

In our Storybook adventures in the Exploratorium™ this month, we are diving into Folktales!

Folktales are a great addition to your family reading time.

Folktales are powerful because they feature themes that challenge us: good versus evil, right versus wrong, light versus dark. 267 more words


That's My Daddy

When I was five years old, my parents separated.  My mother left Philadelphia and went back to her home town of Nashville to help take care of her mother who was seriously ill.  319 more words


3 Years

Yesterday was my three year blog-a-vers ary! All the way back in the day, when I was 25 (6 years ago), I wrote a bucket list. 73 more words


What's in a name?

Juliet famously said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet . . .” 1,502 more words