Late Autumn

Walking through the woods Engulfed in orange Leaves cascade from the trees Each a slight variation Tangerine, burnt amber, cantaloupe Ginger, apricot, honey, rust I step on a crunchy carpet  as I saunter down the path The gray days of winter are coming But today is only orange

One Reason I Share My Writing

I share my writing because I want to create a link with other people. I believe in the healing power of connection through the written word, so I express my thoughts and feelings through fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Sharing my writing has helped me to form relationships with other people that would not…

Buddha Has Arrived at the Orange Grove

Today, a Buddha we have been storing for two years finally made its home in our orange grove. The minute I saw this beautiful statue, I knew instantly that it would be a perfect addition to our Ojai property. This is Phase One of the Buddha’s arrival. We will add more plants to clearly define…

The Gift of Rain

The night air feels both chill and rainy A steady cadence serenades from above Rows of orange trees with silhouettes grainy Wave outstretched limbs in signs of love The full moon with its resplendent glow Hides respectfully behind thick black clouds Unwilling to pierce the darkness and show Its radiant light shining white as shrouds…

Elizabeth’s Birth Story

It is a tradition for me to share my children’s birth stories every few years. Here is Elizabeth’s written nine years back. I have left it as I wrote it back then. Today is Liz’s birthday and I am so grateful to have this lovely young woman in my life. Happy Birthday, Liz. I love…

Here is a photo of me with my first cousin, Lee Leatherwood, when we were little. Lee’s birthday is today and mine is six days from today on the 21st. He and I grew up (for our first five years) only a few houses from each other and, after that, only a few blocks from…

Renewal, a Poem

Feeling at peace now After a productive afternoon Descending upon a long-neglected supply closet Hauling, sorting, tossing Wiping down shelves, walls, and the dust-bunnied floor Hands-and-knees work Wielding a spray bottle and rag Making everything Simple Green fresh Humming a happy tune Knowing a job that needed doing Has now been done

Happy Birthday, Nico Pacheco Beaty!

Today is my grandson Nico’s 6th birthday. Nico had a birthday party at home this evening with his mom, dad, and two sisters, and our whole family will gather on Sunday to celebrate our favorite little boy’s birthday. Nico is such a sweet boy. He requested that his mom get one present each for his…

Dare to Dream

Sitting here a week away from yet another birthday, I want to give myself permission to dream about my writing goals. It’s easy when you get older to say, “Oh, well, that’s for the young ones, not me,” or “I’m happy with my life just as it is. Why in the world would I need…

The Wisdom of Your Childhood Self

You know how sometimes you read that if you go back to what you loved doing when you were a little kid – 4, 5, or 6 – then that will tell you what your ideal occupation should be? Well, in my case, this is exactly true since when I was a little girl, my…