August 2012

School picnic

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on August 31, 2012

My brother and I went to a Catholic grade school through eighth grade, which means that we wore uniforms every day of the school year, except on a few special days. The end-of-the-year picnic was one of those times. The school’s tradition was to take the upper classmen—the seventh and eighth graders—for a day of […]

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What a loser

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on August 29, 2012

I was recently looking through some photos when I noticed a few of Matt that I had taken exactly one year before, and I could not get over how different he looked! I mean, of course I know that he has lost 35 pounds in the past year. But you know how it is: things […]


Strawberry jam

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on August 26, 2012

One summer we decided we wanted to go strawberry picking, so we found out about Patterson Fruit Farm. Oh my, what a great time we had there. Out in the early morning sun, squatting down in among the rows of strawberry plants and finding the best ones to throw in our baskets. The problem was […]


Under the shade of the old oak tree

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on August 23, 2012

We grew up in a house with two big, beautiful trees in the front yard—a maple and an oak. In the fall, when we had to rake, I cursed their deep roots, sturdy limbs and plentiful leaves. But in the summer, their canopies combined to shade almost every inch of our yard, and I adored […]


Glory days

by Janice Daquila-Pardo on August 16, 2012

1988 was our star-spangled summer. Phil and I had each earned an editorial internship in New York City through the American Society of Magazine Editors. A whole summer spent living and working in New York! What an amazing time we had. On July 4th a small group of our friends from the internship program went […]