03 Apr, 2017

food truck galore…

Sehba Sarwar
03 Apr, 2017

smorgusburg print on a wooden table Today, we meandered into downtown LA to explore Smorgasburg, an initiative that sprung up last summer. Since then, every Sunday, gourmet restaurants park...

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04 Feb, 2017

the big day…

04 Feb, 2017

author Kate DiCamillo with Minal Ever since Minal learns that she won first place in the Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale contest, she has been waiting for young adult author...

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25 Jan, 2017

two days later…

Sehbar Sarwar
25 Jan, 2017

Woman waiting to catch Metro waves a banner designed by Stephen Fairey for The Amplifier Foundation’s We The People project I wake up to hear the radio spitting stories...

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15 Jan, 2017

a saturday night virtual playdate…

Sehbar Sarwar
15 Jan, 2017

“I’m at 10:21 seconds,” calls out Minal. “I need to catch up—I’m at 10:24 seconds!” Minal’s friend’s voice ricochets from Minal’s video phone that’s propped up in front of...

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07 Dec, 2016

an award for minal…

07 Dec, 2016

At ten thirty this morning, I receive an email from Minal’s English teacher with a subject line: We WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!! Over the course of the day, details...

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10 Nov, 2016

hangover after drinking a lot of water and watching television…

10 Nov, 2016

I wake up with a hangover this morning even though last night, I drank only water. But I watched television for a long stretch. In the morning, I drink...

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28 Sep, 2016

minal closes out her twelfth year…

28 Sep, 2016

Last Wednesday, Minal turned twelve. I surprised her at her all-girls after-school choir practice with a chocolate cake and candles. Her choir group sang happy birthday, and her teacher...

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18 Aug, 2016

unpacking boxes…

18 Aug, 2016

We have to pay the city of Pasadena to obtain a parking permit, so the company that moved our belongings from Houston Pasadena can deposit our pods on our...

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15 Aug, 2016

the first day of school…

Sehba Sarwar
15 Aug, 2016

By sheer coincidence, we find a public school in Pasadena that offers similar programs to those in Minal’s Houston school – her new school is International Baccalaureate and also...

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two random conversations…

The flight that Minal and I take from LAX to Houston Hobby is delayed and lands at two in the morning. After collecting our baggage, we walk out into...

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