The Stories We Tell

People 02-11-2016 The Son With The Smile

If my two-year-old son Ashton could write this blog post, this is what he’d tell you:

Places 02-04-2016 Winter Nocturne

The unthinkable had happened. It was 8:00 p.m. on the 23rd of December. All three kids were asleep, all presents were wrapped, and the house was clean and ready for guests. I could have puttered around the house with a fool’s errand of further cleaning, but instead, I asked my wife if I could head out for some …

People Places 01-28-2016 Surveying Doton’s Cove

My mountain bike rides usually begin with an early morning. I tell myself (and others) that I like to ride before the heat of the full sun can beat me down. Heck, I even say that in the wintertime. But in reality, my nerves are an alarm that wakes me up early as if to say, “If you’re going …

People Things 01-19-2016 One Leaf Short of Lucky

My little girl is special. Of course, yours is too, because we parents are supposed to shout from the rooftops that our little ladies are one-of-a-kind. But honestly now—how many lucky little American girls have explored the quays of Dublin almost as soon as they could walk?

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Weddings 01-05-2016 Tara and Dusty’s Elopement at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards

You’ve got several options when planning an elopement ’round here. Visit the County Clerk Recorder’s Office for a quick civil ceremony. Or if you’re looking for a bit more pizzazz, cross the Nevada state line to visit one of the many purpose-built wedding chapels. Officiants are standing by 24/7 to perform your nuptials on-demand, you know. However, if you’re …

Things 01-01-2016 Days Gone By

That Saturday found our family pulling into the Russian River Vineyards—just one more minivan of a caravan full of friends exploring the Northern California coast. Nothing says “relaxation” like visiting a winery with little children, or at least that’s the story I told myself as I pulled my third little one out of his car seat. …

Places Things 12-24-2015 The Sound a Baby Makes

Christmas Eve has played host to some of my favorite winter memories. Especially the quiet ones.

Places 12-08-2015 Gables for Good Looking Out

Our little house is a charmer. For instance, the distressed hardware on the doors dates back to 1947. Not because it is fashionable to place distressed knobs on doors, but rather because nobody has bothered to replace them. The same is true of our blue and white kitchen tile, and I certainly dig those antique touches. Though some …

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