Monthly Archives: August 2011

My Neighbor, Steve Jobs

This article first appeared in Palo Alto Patch.
He's More Than Just An IconMy neighbor, Steve Jobs, has been in the news lately. The talk of the town is the recent announcement he will be stepping aside to let other seeds grow at Apple. The business press, the general press, the blogosphere, and just about everybody else has waxed poetic about the “greatest CEO of all time” saying that this “boy wonder” has shaped the very nature of our lives with his genius. 

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Cry, The Beloved Country: On Norway and Innocence Lost

This essay originally appeared in BlogHer.

My Norwegian Grandmother, Else Hoem, and Me

My Grandmother, Else Hoem, and me.

It’s been nearly a month since Anders Behring Breivik wreaked havoc in Oslo and Utoeya island and while the rest of the world has moved on to the next headline, Norway, and those who love it, have just begun to develop a measured response. I mourn the Norway of my childhood, the birthplace my mother. Continue reading

Dashed Dreams: Again

This article was originally published on Palo Alto Patch. I am reprinting it today on protest to Alabama’s immigration bill which will go into effect on September 1st.

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I was visiting the home of a neighbor recently when her cleaning crew showed up for their weekly visit. In walked Clara and her daughter, Maria. I knew them both well, because years ago, when my now-teenaged children were still in diapers, Clara would occasionally babysit for me and my husband.

Maria, who was only in elementary school at the time, would often come with her mother on those nights. While Clara played games, changed diapers and sang to my children, little Marie would cuddle up with her favorite book and quietly read the night away. A bright child with a bright future, or so I thought. Continue reading