Last Night at the Orange Grove

Another Ojai night. The stars are bright. We were out looking for the Perseid meteor shower, but it’s apparently too early. That means we might miss it. It’s hard to go to bed very late here, probably because we wake up early and are outside the majority of the day. So we were out for…

Listening to the Crickets Here in Ojai

Ray and I are up at the orange grove for a few days. I am currently sitting in our Airstream listening to the crickets serenade us outside. The air is cool. The night is dark. Our dogs are out checking the perimeter of our fenced-in compound and hoping to find some rodents to chase. Tomorrow,…

In Defense of the Impractical

I wrote this a few years back, but it still holds true as far as I’m concerned. Besides, we had our grandkids yesterday and today for a sleep-over and Grandma is a bit too tired to write anything original tonight. So, here you go. This will not mention Covid-19 or the presidential election or anything…

A Little Advice on Life from Kurt Vonnegut

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the…

A Poem by Granddaughter Luna with a Little Help from Grandma

Luna’s Favorite Things My name is Luna and I’m 7-years-old I have lots of talents, I am told Here are a few of my favorite things Bubble baths, red roses and cute earrings I also like lots of food At restaurants I wanna be a cool dude I love pizza, barbeque I like it so…

RIP, Jano, My Old Friend

Today, I learned that my friend, Jano (Alejandro Lozano-Sanchez), unexpectedly passed away last night in Palm Springs. Apparently, he told a friend late yesterday afternoon that he didn’t feel very well and was going to bed early. He died sometime during the night. Of course, this was a shock and made me very sad. Jano…

Back on the Mend and Grateful for Many Kind Thoughts

I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. I appreciate the kind words that many of you sent to me regarding my COVID-fear post. I could see from your responses that I am not alone in feeling the uncertainty of this time and I felt reassured. So, thank you for that. I…

Feeling A Bit Sick Today and Going Through the COVID Fear

This afternoon, out of nowhere, I started experiencing abdominal cramping, which prompted a series of quick trips to the bathroom. I also felt vaguely nauseated. I went from feeling fine to feeling bad in about ten minutes. I knew I hadn’t eaten anything unusual so I could rule that out as a cause. I lay…

A Writing Prompt Related to Gratitude

This evening I have been looking for writing prompts for the Story Circle Network e-circle group of which I am a member. I volunteered to come up with the monthly prompts and other people in the group volunteered to facilitate the group on a monthly basis. One of the writing prompts I found is the following:…