When Life Turns Upside Down

It started as a normal day. I was making plans for my dad’s trip to California that upcoming weekend. We were making a plan to get the house clean. Drove to work and excited about an easy and fun Friday with my coworkers. Called dad to ask him if he rented a car yet. “Not…

When Family is Everything

It’s Easter and I look around and see all the people I love. I see my father and his wife sitting at my grandmother’s table laughing at a story told by my stepfather and mom. I see my grandmother playing with my niece, letting her use her wheelchair as her own personal climbing gym. I…

Top 10 Things I Learned on my Trip Home

It’s been a while since I posted due to an all consuming work project.  But I haven’t forgotten my trip home to the Jersey Shore, which turned out to be more educational than expected.  I learned some interesting (and funny) lessons: 10. The WiFi in my mother’s house does not work upstairs…  In the middle of a work crisis, I ended up needing to turn…

Revisiting My Past After The Storm

I’m a Jersey shore girl, born and raised in Keyport NJ, a working class town on the shore of the Raritan Bay.  I have lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 8 years, but many friends, most of my family, and my heart remain in Jersey.  So on October 29 2012 I was in sunny California and…