fifteen years of never forgetting

September 11th 2001 I wonder about you. I wonder how uncomfortable it was. That’s probably not the strongest word, but that day was anything but comfortable. I still hear stories and feel claustrophobic. I look at the pictures and imagine all these scenarios. I think about how I would have responded. I think and I think and…

the deep sip

I like to kiss like I’m drinking hot coffee slow       and sweet savoring every sip a gentle touch of the lips to the cup smoothly submitting my tongue to the temperature within drawing back quickly if it’s too hot welcoming the grounded beans and sugary sweetness if it’s just right letting it…

Blame it all on My Roots (NYC Day 4)

Sunday It was a quiet morning in Park Slope as we pushed the thick wooden door closed behind us and descended down the cement steps. Bundled in scarves and sporting our sneakers again, we took the subway up to the Manhattan harbor area. Tucked amidst the shadowed buildings, we found a Dunkin’ Donuts and breakfast…

Culture Us Up (NYC Day 3)

Saturday The sky was a white abyss as we awoke and made our way into the chilly air. Umbrellas at the ready, we were eager to take on the New York City weekend. But first, coffee. Dressed in our boots and scarves, down the hill and into the subway we went. Destination: Upper West Side…

Central Park (NYC Day 2)

Friday We awoke to white sunshine blasting through the shades of our second-floor bedroom. Lilly’s phone alarm went off and I stared at the dark wooden door a foot from the bed. The warmth of the room was slightly offset by a ceiling fan breeze that teased the curtains behind our heads. Peeling back the…

Welcome to New York (NYC Day 1)

Thursday Somewhere around noon in the borough of Queens, airplanes from the south touched down and out sprung a Lilly and a Colleen. After landing and making a mad dash to the restroom, I returned to the redhead chilling in my terminal and hugs were exchanged. New York City vacation: full speed ahead! We made…

grant me the serenity

Wholehearted compassion is needed where a great force of anger resides. There are people in this world who will never think you are good enough. Some will wish that you never succeed in life. They will make assumptions about you. They will judge you by how you look and speak. And they won’t give you a chance…

Let’s Talk About London (Europe Day 8)

Saturday September 12th 2015 We woke up early for a guided bus tour of London, England. The weather was crisp and clear with a chill that follows rain and sunshine bright and white. Our tour guide, Alan, was great. He kept giving us a bunch of silly nicknames whilst addressing our group. (my little pumpkins, cherubs, porkchops,…

Great Britain Bound (Europe Day 7)

Friday September 11th 2015 For the first time in Europe, we got to sleep in! Don’t worry; that’s not the highlight of my story. But having our day start a little later than the usual time was nice. Our usual departure time of 8:00 slipped to 10:30 so we had some time to enjoy a last…

The City of Lights (Europe Day 6)

Thursday September 10th 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to embark on the adventure that was probably my busiest day in Europe. It was easily the longest, most exhausting, and jam-packed day. So without further ado, let’s go. Our day began at Musée du Louvre. Our bus dropped us off and Kathy left us…

A Parisian Introduction (Europe Day 5)

Wednesday September 9th 2015 Our first morning in Paris, France began with a little traditional European breakfast downstairs in our hotel. The night before, I had noticed a plastic square  window (in place of a tile) on the floor of the lobby that allows you to see the tables below. It’s a little freaky at first…