The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory

The Bike Too Big: My First Christmas Memory
I was about five and living in San Rafael, California, with my mother and brother in an expansive mobile home community across the street from what would become Skywalker Ranch. My parents were divorced–separated before I was even born they had always been that way for me. Despite their divorce they maintained a more-than-cordial relationship. ...

The second leg is the beginning 1

The second leg is the beginning
We had just landed in Taiyuan, and outside the windows of the plane we could see a nearly blue sky and our first glimpse of the sun in four days. Little m and I had both slept through this flight, while M had stared out the window for the ninety minute flight. “Are you ready ...

Climbing the Great Wall 1

Climbing the Great Wall
Before 221 BCE China was composed of seven kingdoms who fought constantly. In that year, Qin Shi Huang of the Qin state conquered the other six kingdoms and unified the country for the first time. China was born. During this Warring States Period, as it came to be known, each kingdom built different levels of ...

The Most Important Lesson 1

Two days ago m had a friend over, and after they’d played in the house for a little while m told me they were going to go to the garage and “pretend to drive” in the car. I told them not to break anything (ha!) and, after making sure that I had the keys in ...