“Making Sandwiches…a remembrance of September 11th”

“MAKING SANDWICHES” By Jennifer Rawlings Sherman Oaks , California September 2001 5:45 am- Drats- I hate getting up this early. Can I push the snooze button for another three hours? Maybe the kids don’t need to go to the second day of school…..maybe…..oh whatever…I’ll get up and make the kids lunches. The house is quiet. Read More …

A HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR

A HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS   A hundred years ago today on June 28, 1914 “the shot heard round the world” was fired. 19 year old, Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophia while eating a sandwich. I am guessing it was cevapi ,purchased at a Read More …

“BEWARE, THE IDES OF MARCH”……PLEASE SHUT-UP SOOTHSAYER

“BEWARE, THE IDES OF MARCH”……PLEASE SHUT-UP SOOTHSAYER BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS You know how the saying goes from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” a soothsayer approaches Caesar in a crowd that includes Brutus, who will ultimately kill Caesar, and the soothsayer cries out to Caesar “Beware, the ides of March.” I have always hated this saying, and Read More …

THE FORGOTTEN SYRIA

THE FORGOTTEN SYRIA BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS Three years ago in the Spring of  2011 a group of  peaceful young protesters in Syria took to the streets demanding economic and political reform.  President Bashar al –Assad responded to the protests with deadly force. The conflict quickly turned into a civil war that has had grave consequences Read More …

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET

DRIVING WITH THEIR FEET By Jennifer Rawlings When my son Noah was little he loved to play bumper cars in his Little Tikes cozy coupe with the bright yellow roof and red doors. He would head down the driveway full blast into his brother Joshua who was busy tilling the cul-de-sac in his Little Tikes Read More …

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( plus three days)

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO ( PLUS THREE DAYS) BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS I have given birth to four fabulous children, and I often joke about that the fact that the experience I had while  giving birth to them is permanently reflected in their personalities. Courtney was so big when she was born that she broke my tailbone. Read More …