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SABBATICAL STATE OF MIND

Infusing more life into life

July 22, 2019

Last night, at almost 11, I was ready to tell our son he was busted for: after bedtime TV watching. His door was shut. The lights were still on and yes, he was so busted! I opened the door expecting to startle him but he was so into that little device screen. He didn...

December 22, 2018

I had to remember, in the moment that my teen and I were talking, “THIS IS MAGIC.” Not the scolding. Or my forthcoming punishment to reconcile with the universe. Or how bummed I feel because I think of all the echoes of teen voices in the universe who thought but didn’...

December 18, 2018

Well, my mother would have been 79 today had she lived.

What a funny sentence.

Had she lived.

She did live.

And we loved her.

We still talk about her amongst ourselves. Things she would’ve done, or said, or thought, or liked, or given or not taken. Like given somebody “one...

May 13, 2018

Before we go on to celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m glad that I have a little Hyoism to share with you.

Our mother, Hyacinth Grenville, and her cousin in the cream  hat, who we all call Mum, loved to shop for granddaughters and grandsons. Combined they had their fair share...

April 30, 2018

We moved 9 times in 5 years. So, one of the gifts of staying put for the last 12 years is we’ve had the same postman.

Here are 3 cool things about our neighborhood postman:

1. He knows many of the families in our neighborhood. And our dogs and their names. Knowing na...

April 25, 2018

Show up at the right time and you will find many of these pointer brooms in use at  Bourda Market. 

My parents spoke about them as though, on their own, they cleaned by magic. 

Over the years, I have noticed there’s a way to use this type of broom. Action from the wrist...

April 10, 2018

Our son came 20th in the region (5 states) for his age group. He jumped off the pommel. It was the last event and the choice to jump off  instead of falling was in the last few seconds of the routine. That deduction dropped him from 10th to 20th. Oh well.

Now, the three...

March 16, 2018

I know one thing. If you regret having children, your kids don’t want or need to hear about it. That’s the tough part. Parents need to work through their regret. Regret is normal and very human.

Conversely, if you don’t like your parents or regret your childhood, the...

February 14, 2018

This moment just hit me. My Dad and I went to visit my Aunt and Uncle at their nursing home yesterday. My Uncle shrieked with delight. They haven’t seen each other in 10 years. 

But why was I awashed in tears thinking about the patient who saw us parting? 

She...

February 6, 2018

I like to write about the mother-daughter relationship. In this piece, I explore the moments when you are both a mother and daughter.

I also wanted to include the physical experience of those feelings.This piece began as an entry to a short story contest. 

“How is it tha...

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