The Joys of an Empty Jar…

On Thursdays my friend, Laura, and I have a two hour gap in a long day of classes.  We make a beeline for New Cascadia, a favorite gluten-free cafe and bakery, for lunch, then head across the street to a giant Goodwill to poke around for an hour.  I never leave without a treasure.  Recently,…

A Toad for Mom

These are my great-grandparents, Carl & Genevieve (Jennie) Olson, who came separately and each alone as teenagers from Sweden to New York City, where they met at a Salvation Army dance.  I snapped this photo of their wedding portrait that hangs in our family home.  I’d forgotten all about it, and when I happened across…