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  • The American Dream

    Unlike RVs, cars are not a big deal for this household, except to those of driving age who for whatever reason do not yet have one. Then cars are a very big deal!…

  • More Christmases: 2002-2009!

    Christmas was always one of our family’s favorite times of the year! Christmas got a whale of a buildup each year, starting with decorating the tree on November 26th. That was Mamie Régine’s birthday,…

  • “Fêtes!”

    We just loved “fêtes,” special days of any kind, and with six children had more than our fair share. For starters, we celebrated a collective eight birthdays a year, every year! Which gave…

  • Law School Reunion

    25th Reunion of the Class of 1982 I had the good fortune to graduate from The Yale Law School (motto: don’t forget the “The”). In October 2007, for the first time in 25…

  • Grand-Père

    Our children were a little short on grandparents. After my mother died in 1996, just two years after Marie-Hélène and I and the four older children had moved in together, just one year after Charlie…

  • Maman

    Being a mother is the center of Marie-Hélène‘s life. She was the office manager at Kevorkian & Rawlings, the law firm where we met in Paris, and has been at various times…

  • 2007 summer vacation

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in England’s Northeast, home of my maternal grandmother’s Irish side of the family. One of the lines on the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle terminates at St. James’s Park, where Newcastle…

  • Stamping

    During the course of our lives together, Marie-Hélène finally began to have some real time for herself as the older children became more self-sufficient. She had been the only taxi driver for all the…

  • Skiing

    We can’t really say that skiing is a family hobby, although Marie-Hélène’s and my first date was a ski weekend in Megève in early 1994. That weekend could have been the start of something great.…

  • Music to our ears . . .

    Music is one of those rare activities that both the parents and the children in our whirlwind of energy get into. The parents came first, of course. I inflicted what they now call…

  • West Cliff, a Santa Cruz Esplanade

    It’s a place for a Sunday afternoon stroll for us, the home of the Surfing Museum for others, the home of Steamer Lane and Lighthouse Point, and for the Hanlons, it’s a hundred…

  • Yosemite

    Ever since I first saw the Yosemite Valley, during a weekend trip from Berkeley sometime during the 1976-7 school year, it has been one of those places where my mind turns when…

  • Legal eagle!

    Okay, we can’t argue with the obvious: being a corporate lawyer is not very sexy, and being a lawyer often evokes a certain disdain. Just in case I had not noticed this regrettable…