Martha Stewart Cornmeal Biscotti with Pistachios and Cranberries

so here’s part of our family mythology.    When we went for the first time to meet Zev at his foster-mom’s house (Grandma Carolyn, who has become a great friend…   a whole other story) I thought we should take cookies.   I had this new martha stewart book and made these.   The kids (there were five of them then) were so excited about home-made cookies and then ended up gnawing on these brick-like little biscuits…   it was pretty funny.   I’ll see if i can find the photo of zev watching Gary eat his and trying to … Continue reading Martha Stewart Cornmeal Biscotti with Pistachios and Cranberries

Shelter / Elf

just watched this movie, Shelter, and really liked it – sweet, gentle, real movie – indie i think.   IMDB is funny: “When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend’s brother.”  um…   he realizes he’s gay, falls in love, adopts his nephew, gets a scholarship to art school and they all go off to live happily ever after in Los Angeles leaving behind his needy family.    anyway, it’s a beautiful movie. and we started off the evening by watching Elf – our family tradition…   Zev … Continue reading Shelter / Elf

preparing for Christmas

so, when i lived on Gabriola island i used to spend endless time decorating the house and yard, baking gingerbread cookies and making ornaments and getting the perfect gifts for people and creating cards for them…   and now there doesn’t seem like time for any of that in our new family life.   funny.   when we were preparing to adopt, gary and i had to make a photo album of typical things that we do together that we might do with our prospective child.   and one of the photos was of us baking cookies – hundreds of … Continue reading preparing for Christmas

Denver! TASH 2010

TASH is The Association for people with Severe Handicaps and this year’s conference is in Denver, where i’ve never been.   Denver’s been fun – amazing food and everything is so clean.   how do they keep it so clean?   could Denver come to my house and clean a little?   i went to lots of amazing workshops today – really amazing.   learned lots, felt proud to be with some of the leaders around who are so welcoming to us.   but the singular thing was going to a workshop on LGBTQI and Disability by this lovely powerhouse … Continue reading Denver! TASH 2010

3rd day of Hannukah… first day of the rest of my life :)

i haven’t been quite sure what i want to do with this blog and i’ve been busy – since starting this i’ve given up the guitar – i know, this is a tragedy – and let go of my dream of retiring to be a busker in front of a liquor store.   instead i decided to become a doctor.   of philosophy.   no icky sticky ichoryness for me!   so, at the end of the year between 51 and 52 years of age, i learned how to play amazing grace.   i was just listening to my anniversary … Continue reading 3rd day of Hannukah… first day of the rest of my life 🙂