An Excellent Recipe for Orange Cake from The Cake Bible

I am a big enthusiast of Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible. The cakes I have made from this cookbook have been wonderful even when I’ve varied the ingredients to accommodate my non-refined sugar eating. This past week, I altered a recipe to include orange zest and orange juice since we have a multitude of…

Flash Fiction Story Time

I wrote this story a while back and thought I would share it tonight. This is called Flash Fiction, which is a fiction story of 1200 words or less. Clearly, the production value is marginal on this video, but what the heck. Sometimes, it’s nice to hear versus read a story. Hope you’re doing well…

Lyla’s Birthday Party

A “shelter-in-place” birthday celebration for granddaughter Lyla. Ray, Rachael and I were on FaceTime here in Beverly Hills, Liz and Ron in Ojai, and Lyla and her family in Pasadena. We chatted, heard a few jokes delivered by Luna and then sang an exuberant “Happy Birthday.” Lyla was most interested in seeing Auntie Rachael’s dog…

A Sweet Exchange

This is a text exchange I had with one of my writing students this evening. He is a senior in high school and we have worked together now for several years. He and I are great friends and had planned to see each other several more times before the end of the school year. Now,…

The Curative Power of Rain

I am sitting in my den here in Los Angeles this evening listening to rain drumming on the window panes. I associate that sound with peacefulness and it makes me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book and just listen to that gentle pattering. I grew up in North…

Quiet Time

I am, like most people, doing my best to adjust to our collective new normal. I have watched endless news coverage on Corvus-19 and then have found solace by binge-watching Doc Martin, where life is fairly predictable and Doc always makes people better. I spent several hours this afternoon weeding and I felt consoled by…

Happy Birthday to Ray!

Today is my husband Ray’s 62nd birthday – such a baby – since he’s five years my junior. Every other year, we have gathered as a family for Ray’s birthday celebration, but this year Covid-19 has put a damper on a family party. Instead, we had a FaceTime party (of sorts) with the grandkids, Sarah…

Up at the Orange Grove

Ray and I have driven up to Ojai to the orange grove. With temperatures dipping into the low 40s tonight, we are snug as two bugs in a rug in our Airstream. Rachael is feeling much better and looked glad to have ever-constant Mom and Dad need to make the northward trek for a quick…