Watercolor Worlds By Jessica Love

Jessica Love Julian is a Mermaid Children's Book Illustration

Have you seen the newly released children’s book Julián is a Mermaid by actor, writer, and illustrator Jessica Love? It’s been getting praise all over the place and our copy arrived in the mail over the weekend. Fay is still a bit too young to grasp the deep empathy contained in this beautiful book, but she was fully engrossed by the vibrant colors on each page. A simple story with a profound message about identity and acceptance.

I can’t recommend the book enough. By the same token, earlier this week, I spent a little of my Internet-browsing time diving into Love’s illustration work, and I’m completely enamored. Would you like to see some of my favorites?

I’m Still Here, In Case You Were Wondering

Spring Flowers Langley Washington Whidbey Island

In utterly unshocking news: moving is really hard.

I’ve been absent from from the blog the last month mostly by choice as the stress and strain of boxes, clutter, a new job, and unfamiliar routine absorbs most of my time and energy…

A Still More Glorious Dawn Awaits

Milky Way Galaxy by Rob Mikulec Flickr 2017-06-25

This post was originally scheduled to go up yesterday, but I pulled it to write a few more thoughts. Then last night, Jonathan told me physicist Stephen Hawking — at the age of 76 — passed away

Pacific Northwest, Here We Come

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It’s been over six years since I made this announcement that we were moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area from Seattle. Now, after much daydreaming and planning, it’s official: Jonathan and I are headed back to the Pacific Northwest at the end of this month with the intention of settling in and staying for the long haul.

Turns out: absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

The Power of Marvel’s “Black Panther”: A Compendium of Commentary From Black Voices

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER L to R: Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018

Holy cow, kids — have you seen Black Panther yet? I know it just came out a week ago, but given the record-breaking advance tickets sales and explosive opening weekend box office resulting in the biggest February opening for any film of all time, chances are fairly high you did…

How Do You Pamper Yourself?

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In recent months, I’ve felt especially sore, my skin is dry and flaky, and the bags under my eyes are visible more often than not. I would chalk it up to lack of sleep, but Fay has actually been sleeping and napping like a dream (*KNOCKS WOOD*), despite a chronic runny nose. No, it’s almost certainly a combination of lack of exercise, a past-its-prime mattress, work stress and, well, parenting a rambunctious toddler. So tell me…