Name the trees that stood in the neighborhood where you grew up.

I grew up with the trees.   The Climbing Tree, big and leafy, with branches that invited you to stay awhile.   There is something about climbing a tree that makes you feel   strong.   When you know that tree well enough   That the climbing is smooth and confident?   That feels so good-   Like dancing and defying gravity.   […]

Tell a complete stranger about a beloved family tradition.

So,   One tradition that my family has is   Eating pizza on Christmas Eve.   This tradition is pretty important to us.   Pizza on Christmas Eve   Is the way it’s been   For as long as I can remember.   When we were kids,   We’d pick up the pizza on the way to our grandparents’ house,   And the van would smell   […]