Month: June 2003


I bought a watermelon today. Lee and I were on our way back from Fitzgerald, and stopped to buy a watermelon from a man on the side of the road. They were piled up in the back of… Read More

A Homecoming

After months of painful separation – with one person surrounded by death, and another experiencing new life – Nikki, Andrew, and Nia are finally together. Andrew came home from Iraq Tuesday. I wasn’t the reporter on the story,… Read More

Two Great Years

Two years ago today, I did one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I married Lee. I almost can’t believe it was only 2 years ago. It feels like we’ve been together like this… Read More

New Books

I love having a new book. I love the way new books feel, the way they smell. I love the smooth texture of their unbroken spines, knowing by the time I’m done they’ll look worn and ragged and… Read More


I’ve always known how lucky I am to have my father, and for us to have the kind of relationship we do. But the point was brought home to me again while I was looking for a Father’s… Read More

Our Alaskan Adventure

Two weeks ago, Lee and I were about to begin our Alaskan adventure. I had been dreaming about it for years, and we had been planning the trip for a long time. I was both excited and nervous…. Read More

Day One

When the alarm went off Friday morning, I had no trouble getting out of bed. We were about to begin our big trip. Lee and I got ready, loaded all of our huge bags into Lee’s car, and… Read More

Day Two

We woke up, showered, then headed for a hearty breakfast at “Mother’s,” a nice restaurant in downtown Portland. I ordered macadamia nut pancakes with coconut, and they were delicious. We all ate well.

Day Three

At 4 a.m. Sunday, June 1st, the alarm clock woke Lee and me from our deep sleep on Anna and Jason’s sleeper sofa in Portland. It was a terrible hour to wake up, but on this day, it… Read More

Day Four

We checked out of the hotel, and headed for Kincaid Park. It was a beautiful day as we drove into the wooded area – said to be home to the largest population of Moose in Anchorage. That’s just… Read More