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How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on January 14, 2011

Tweet Patrick and I did a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. Walking was important, and amazing, and filled with wonder. But the special part wasn’t only the walking. Some magic happened at the end of the day. As we rested and tended to our blisters in a new Albergue, we’d sit and laugh and […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on January 12, 2011

Tweet I can vividly remember my big brother and I asking our ma to read us Are You My Mother?  just one more time. It’s been 25 years since we moved from that townhouse on Killion Avenue, but it seems like yesterday that the three of us huddled on our parents’ bed as my ma read […]

The Humane Mouse Trap

by Melissa on January 10, 2011

Tweet I sat up with a start. Someone was in my apartment. I knew I wasn’t alone. I just felt it. Deliriously, I looked around trying to figure out what to do. I had fallen asleep on the couch, and I jumped up to run for the staircase that led down to my front door. […]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on December 24, 2010

Tweet Patrick and I did a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. Walking was important, and amazing, and filled with wonder. But the special part wasn’t only the walking. Some magic happened at the end of the day. As we rested and tended to our blisters in a new Albergue, we’d sit and laugh and […]

Tweet When your kiddo is little, there’s nothing that they won’t talk to you about. I’ve seen many parents blush when confronted with frank questions from their little peanuts. Fast-forward ten years, and you’ll see the very same parent with the same kid (now a teenager), and they miss it. The same kids that made […]

Tweet Three weeks off for winter break. Six words. If you ran into a teacher who  said the phrase, I’m sure there was a dreamy look in their eyes and a smile on their face. I’m sure your smiling kids bounded through the door on Friday, shouted these words at the top of their lungs, […]

Tweet I grew up without cable. And the local TV shows I watched were pretty limited (According to mom, Bart Simpson was too disrespectful, and Doogie Howser too racy). Maybe that’s one of the reasons I never really hopped on the pop-culture train. Which is pretty unusual for someone raised in LA. When I visit […]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on December 3, 2010

Tweet It took about a month to walk across Spain. Five hundred miles. It was the last month of my year there and I decided to spend it doing a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. On the first day Patrick and I met, we discovered at the end of the day that he had […]

Tweet A kid who moves is a kid who learns. -Richard Simmons Last week, Patrick and Melissa worked out with the fabulous Richard Simmons, at his originalSlimmons Studio. He’s amazing, and wonderful, and cares so deeply about the future of our kids. tackling the issue of childhood obesity and pushing for increased school exercise programs. For today’s Wisdom, pick […]

Tweet Isn’t it strange that sometimes we avoid the things that are best for us? I got a big lesson about that at my Thanksgiving celebration, which was far from traditional this year. Megs and I went on The Great Ducking Out Rally in Portland. It was fun. And so exciting. It was really nutty […]