Today's Message

I Miss Loehmann’s

October 26th, 2023

By Bonnie Tarantino I am on a plane to Charleston South Carolina. It will be my first time visiting so I am very excited as I love to travel to new places. Scott has a conference which will require we dress formal for a few of the nights. This led me to the mall to […]

Fall Decorations

October 15th, 2023

I really miss my kids today… it blew into my bones with the cool fall wind and rocked me a bit.  Maybe it’s because Maya is out in Colorado visiting Lucia and Jack is living in San Diego, a total of 2,704 miles away from here. It doesn’t not help that I keep driving past […]

Road Trip

September 23rd, 2023

Maya and I are doing a college tour. We started in Chapel Hill, NC then Durham now we are in Nashville sitting on the rooftop bar/pool. We are good travelers. Often in the summer when the older kids were in high school and had summer jobs and Scott had to work, Maya and I would […]

The Harvest

September 7th, 2023

The Harvest By Bonnie Tarantino I have been home a week and it has been a slow crawl back to myself. While playing house with all my kids for a month on the beach in Hawaii, I happily threw my almost empty nester self to the curb. Now I am trying to find her again […]

Slowly, On Island Time

August 30th, 2023

This morning I am leaving Hawaii after spending a month here. I woke hours before the sunrise for my solo trip home. Scott and Maya left days ago to make it back for the first day of Maya’s last year of high school. Jack and Lu left yesterday which is always sad but they promised […]

Magical Thinking

August 21st, 2023

Magical thinking begets magical experiences. Yesterday I swam Waimea bay. When I got home I realized I was missing one of my black pearl earrings. I didn’t mean to wear my earrings to swim but they are often my go to and I forgot they were on. When I realized I lost the earring I […]

A Distance Away

August 17th, 2023

We are in paradise but our umbrella sucks. The beach right in front of our house is famous for its 40 ft waves.  In the summer these waves are far smaller, gentle in comparison. They say that in Hawaii if you do not see anyone in the water don’t go in and if you see […]

The Game

July 7th, 2023

The Game By Bonnie Tarantino   “Fucking Beautiful.” She said taking off her sun hat, her eyes filling with salt water. She rubs her head, feels the smoothness of her bare scalp, her raw skin. Her nerves jump up unprotected by the once crazy curly hair that fell out in clumps almost a year ago. […]

Student Section

May 26th, 2023

Essay 11 Student Section When I was a senior, my high school basketball team made it to some important round of a state tournament. As an officer of the student council, I remember printing out the flyers on the newly invented copy printer and making posters at lunch to hang around school to ensure a […]

Watering the Garden

May 22nd, 2023

Essay 10 Watering the garden. My garden is doing well. I lean over the fence telling my dad how to cage my tomatoes which are starting to act like vines that creep rather than climb. It doesn’t take me long till I throw open the gate, ditch my scooter and go down on my hands […]