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Stina, Ginny, Thea

This picture of myself, my sister Ginny, and her daughter Thea, was taken 15 or 16 years ago. Thea is now married, her partner expecting a baby. My sister, who lives in Florida, turns 70 on February 11th. As some of you know, I recently turned 55.

As geography, time, and life experiences separate us from the classic definition of “home”, I struggle to keep it in my heart by recalling things shared. This photo is an example of such a moment.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Kazoo Band, Christmas Eve
The Kazoo Band, Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the time when everyone gathers at Grandma’s house.

My partner and I are the instigators of the annual ‘gag gift’- this year, funny glasses and kazoos. I thought this grouping of nieces looked especially ‘cool’!

Family: Girl goes South

Thank you family!

We are a geographically scattered lot. Though begat from five siblings who grew up in Alfred, New York, the ‘extendeds’ (three generations and counting) live coast to coast.

The stark contrast to this is my partner’s clan- all Minnesotan, most in the Twin Cities. There is no need to catch up after months- or years. It is difficult to explain this dilemma to people who have not lived it.

When I go to see ‘my people’, the rough edges and deepest emotion of family bloom.

This year I traveled to St. Augustine, Florida for the newest tradition- the 2nd Annual Southern Thanksgiving, hosted by my 2nd cousin Jess.

There is some inevitable name fumbling and awkwardness, but only for a few moments. Jess handed me a glass of Médoc and one of the Boston terriers dropped a tennis ball at my feet and, well…it is family- blood. The green bean casserole tasted better somehow. The cranberry relish superlative. The laughter and jokes are, well, genetic.