Writing Prompt: Things I Regret

I wrote this list today in a writing group sponsored by Story Circle Network. This will be short but sweet tonight since it’s almost 9 and I started this morning at 8 am. Perhaps, I need to add to my list of regrets: sitting too much and not walking more. Yes, that definitely makes the…

Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe with Delectable Butter Cream Frosting

A week or so ago, I wrote about a honey-sweetened butter cream frosting I was especially proud of, particularly when paired with a delicious chocolate cake. Anyway, here is the recipe just in case you have a hankering for something especially tasty. This is from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible, a book I would…

Nothing Like a Little Spring Cleaning

We’re back in LA after two days in Ojai doing some serious spring cleaning. A good feeling. I spent part of yesterday cleaning the windows on the Airstream, inside and out, vacuuming under the sink and in all the little hard-to-reach places that are easy to avoid in a quick clean. I dusted, swept, mopped…

Closing of the ArcLight in Hollywood

Today the very sad news was released that the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood has closed permanently. This seems completely inconceivable since it is a huge theater complex with the iconic Cinerama Dome as its crown jewel. It is also unbelievable since the ArcLight has been the go-to place for entertainment for Ray and me and…

A Ramble This Evening

I am sitting up in Ojai. We drove up today so we can work up here tomorrow and a half-day Tuesday. It’s 8:40 pm and slightly chilly. I’ve got a blanket draped over my lap and am wearing my jacket to stay warm. It’s not cold enough to turn on the heat. Just a bit…

An Evening Watching PBS’s “Atlantic Crossing”

It’s 7:05 pm and I’ve been working this afternoon. I am ready to crawl in bed and watch the rest of Atlantic Crossing, a PBS Masterpiece series about Frankin D. Roosevelt’s friendship with the Crown Princess of Norway and how that relationship influenced his decisions related to World War II. It is based on true…

A Special Visitor Today, the First in a Year

Today I had a visitor. The first one in a year. A real live person – fully vaccinated, of course – sat in my den and actually chatted with me. I hardly knew how to act. Before he arrived, I spent a full hour vacuuming, mopping and dusting the room since I thought it might…

Returning to My Memoir Once Again

9:11 pm. Just finished my Zoom writing group. Happy to spend time with my fellow writers, reading our pieces and receiving critique. I read a chapter of my revised memoir – the story of us coming from Texas to California to help my brother Jim as he faced the last year and a half of…

Small Victories

As I get older, I have come to appreciate the small victories in life. These may range from discovering a pair of jeans that I thought I’d lost to feeling extremely proud that I scoured my bathroom to a sparkling shine to hooking up the wifi from our new router to our printer so we…

Back Home and Happy to See a Book by Oliver Sacks Has Arrived

We are back in LA, arriving about thirty minutes ago. It’s 9:25 pm. I had students until 6:45 pm and we left about a half an hour later. But we had to stop for gas and then navigate the traffic, which is getting thicker everyday as more people get back on the roads. All restrictions…