We’re so grateful for our summer Hawaii getaway; we thought it might be the start of our post-Covid life, but instead it was our one glorious taste of what we hope normal will look like one day. Soon!

The rest of 2021 in lists:

Events and Milestones

  • Amazing Big Island wedding of Mackensie & Tess.
  • Got to visit family in Texas — Kerr Family Reunion! — before things closed down again.
  • Kids back to school in person in the fall; a lifesaver.
  • Jay retired from Haas School of Business and joined the UC Berkeley Innovation and Entrepreneurship team.
  • David was busy with projects all of 2020 and much of 2021, and has had a breather since August.
  • Jaden is in 5th grade, 5’2″ and doing kickball soccer football and roblox.
  • Shayla started 9th grade, passed 5’7″ and made the freshman basketball team.
  • Godson Myles is a sophmore at NYU and loving New York. He’s got big hair.
  • Godson Alex is about to graduate from Berklee College Boston with an MA in Music Business. He’s got blue and purple hair.


  • Daily walks: 57,432
  • Screentime: infinite
  • Fully vaccinated: 4 of 4
  • Breakthrough Covid infections: 3



Biographies of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X.


A Calling for Charlie Barnes

All Adults Here

Apples Never Fall

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Inspector Gamache Books 4-15

Klara and the Sun

Modern Lovers

Our Country Friends

Slough House Books 1-4

Tana French: Dublin Murder Squad 1-6

The Book of Lost Light

The Magician’s Assistant

The Master

The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Recent East

The Vacationers

The Vanishing Half

Under the Wave at Waimea

Writers & Lovers

David’s exausting booklist


Call My Agent
The Chair
Class Action Park
The Durrels in Corfu
Everything’s Going to be OK
Everyone’s Talking About Jamie
The Father
The Flight Attendant
Fran Lebowitz – Pretend It’s a City
God’s Own Country
The Half of It
I Hate Suzy

In the Heights
Inside Bo Burnham
It’s a Sin
Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Jungle Cruise
The Mandalorian
Mare of Easttown
My Octopus Teacher
Never Have I Ever
Nine Perfect Strangers
Normal People

One Night in Miami
Only Murders in the Building
The Other Two
Please Like Me
The Pursuit of Love
Queen’s Gambit
The Sound of Metal
Tick Tick Boom
The White Lotus
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Music: David listened quite a bit to Jon Hopkins and Ram Dass’s meditative Sit Around the Fire, and it helped!

Hawaii family photo above by Uncle Kenny who also kept the kids entertained and taught them to set the table!