Tag Archives: family

A Frosty Farewell

Moving the casket to the grave site

Sorry to leave you hanging with promises of Peru pictures.   I meant to make good on those promises, but then a few days after our return, just as I was feeling back to normal, we got a call in the middle of the night.  The kind of call that lets you know the old [...]

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Making a Scene

Making A Scene - New York TImes Magazine

So then there’s the day your daughter’s work and name makes it into the New York Times and you marvel at life’s unexpected blessings.

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Our “Glamorous, Whimsical” New Year’s Eve Wedding

Last year at this time I was stuffing white-on-white wedding invitations into gold calligraphy addressed envelopes.  Today you can see those same invitations over at marthastewartweddings.com where our daughter Claire’s wedding is featured in the “Real Weddings” section. The wedding happened last New Year’s Eve in Stinson Beach, California.  Claire trained as an architect and [...]

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Car Clout

On Friday night while I was watching flashy race cars drive around in circles on a movie screen, my old Highlander Hybrid was being broken into in a nearby parking lot. Before the last championship lap in Rush was over, my back side window was smashed and a nice Herschel backpack and duffel that belonged to [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Happy Birthday M.J. Edition

Happy Birthday to my husband, M.J.  Well before Google was invented, he became the search engine in my world. Brilliant, clever, kind and decent–he’s provided the answers to so many questions in my life. Big and little. Our children mock our geeky courtship–we met in our university’s honors program, competed on the same College Bowl [...]

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Good Cooks Make Good Guests

Tart 3

You may recall from my last post that I was intrigued by chef David Lebovitz’s extensive packing list. A few days later I volunteered to help my sister-in-law Connie, also a top-notch baker, create some desserts for my niece’s wedding in Idaho. Her packing list was equally impressive. Connie’s mini-van was filled with kitchen implements [...]

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Home Again

Beautiful At Deco light fixture in my grandmother's farmhouse

Hello again.  I’m just back from Idaho after reunioning with my family.  As our numbers swell, it gets trickier to house all the Looslis.  But this time we were lucky enough to bunk at my grandparents’ farmhouse, recently renovated by my dad’s sister Carol and her builder son Brett.   We woke to the view [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Birthday Edition

Speed Limit 55

Over a brilliant potato pizza birthday lunch at Forge, my friend tells me that we’re celebrating my Speed Limit Birthday.  Later on I google the expression and see that there is no end to tacky “speed limit birthday” paraphernalia with a big old 55 on it. Silly road sign cake toppers aside, 55 feels significant. [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Father’s Day Edition

S. Lynn Loosli fence building with granddaughter Abbie Loosli

For Father’s Day I wrote a story about “man caves” for the Bay Area News Group. Did your father have a man cave?  Does the man in your house? My dad had a small home office carved out of the back porch that was lined with book shelves filled with scriptures, Reader’s Digest Book-of-the-Month picks, [...]

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Friday Things Considered

Today is my baby boy’s 22nd birthday.  Like all three of my children, he ignored his due date and lingered with me for awhile.  Though my midwife Peggy (aka the Babycatcher) knew this was a pattern with me and mine, she thought the baby was getting too big and decided she better hurry things along. “Happy [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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