To Love, Anniversaries, and Burps in the Night

Elizabeth MarroFamily9 Comments

On February 2, 2012 my husband and I hung side by side at the start of the zip line at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The feeling I had at that moment steals back as I write these words. Pure terror. Pure bliss. The inching forward until the moment arrives in a rush. The platform seems to fall away … Read More

Confessions of a Bathroom Reader

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Reading & Writing9 Comments

Confession #1. This is for my mother who will not be shocked when she hears that yes, all those times I disappeared into the bathroom when it was my turn to wash the dinner dishes, I was reading.  Long after I had any legitimate reason to be in the downstairs bathroom, I was poring through the pages of Gone With … Read More

Twenty Nine

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, The Distiller's Mother7 Comments

When I saw the prompt for an essay contest a while back, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. The prompt was this: write about a moment you would like to have back, to do differently if you could. Although there are many such moments in my life, it wasn’t hard to come up with the one I needed … Read More

State of Pray: New Hampshire Memories

Elizabeth MarroFamily20 Comments

A while back, Mark Koopmans  was looking for people across the country and beyond to represent their states or countries in a project called 50 States of Pray today. Here you’ll find thoughts, reflections, memories, wishes for the future or regrets of the past, perhaps something entirely unexpected, the best kind of gift.  I’m honored to represent the great state of New Hampshire … Read More

The Gift of Found Time

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, Travel & Travelers28 Comments

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard A  little over eight years ago my father’s heart stopped. One minute he was clutching his tennis racquet and waiting for the other doubles team to serve. The next, he was on the floor. His wife, an ex-firefighter and an amazing human being, resuscitated … Read More

Love, A La Mode

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Food, Friends, The Distiller's Mother9 Comments

When I moved from the East Coast to San Diego in the spring of 2002, I found myself a stranger in a place that felt like home. There is no explaining that kind of feeling, it just happens. It happens more easily when you land in a community of loving, welcoming people who begin as acquaintances and become friends. Some … Read More

Strangers in a Strange Land

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Family, Fellow Travelers, Novels, Reading & Writing, Strangers, Travel & Travelers12 Comments

Michael Valentine Smith may have prevented a murder back in the summer of 1974 when my brother and I were stranded in Port Angeles, Washington for nearly ten days. In a Pinto station wagon. In the rain. It was day five or six. I remember the relentless drumming of water against the car roof. I remember waiting to take my … Read More

Road Trip, One Page at a Time

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Family, Fellow Travelers, Growing Pains, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers7 Comments

With this post, I begin a month-long celebration of journeys and books. Each post will focus on a particular journey and the book that either took me or came along for the ride. Because this month also encompasses my birthday, always a milestone in life’s journey, I want to celebrate by sharing the books I mention here. Each post will … Read More

Re-entry

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You know that half groan, half-shriek the gears make when you thought you were shifting your car into second and you hit reverse instead? Or, forgot to punch the clutch all the way to the floor before trying to go forward? Oh, you never did that? Fine. I bet you still know what I’m talking about. It’s the sound you … Read More