Why I Didn’t Post Last Night…

I worked 9 1/2 hours yesterday with one student on her college essays, which are due on 1/1. That is why I didn’t post last night. Today she will return at noon for what we hope is the wrap-up. I sincerely hope not to be working on New Year’s Day; however, I will if we…

The 21 Best Things I Did in 2015

Upon reflection, here are twenty-one of the best things I did in 2015. These are in no particular order. I just want to remember what I did that brought me happiness this year. 1) Spent a day a week with my granddaughter. This might top the list as “best” since this lovely child has been…

Friends’ Home Destroyed by Dallas Tornado: Please Help

I have learned that the home of two of my childhood friends, Sharon and Sandra Newton, was destroyed by the recent tornado that hit the Dallas area on December 26th. Sharon, Sandra and their husbands have lost everything. The good news is that they did find their cat this afternoon. Hooray for that wonderful discovery….

5-Star Recipe: Curried Red Lentil Salad

I know that many of my friends in west, north central and eastern Texas are holed up at home with all the rain and bad weather that is besieging those parts of the state. Stay warm, dry and safe, my friends. Here’s a recipe to try if you want some good protein coupled with interesting…

Breakfast Club and Boxing Day

This morning Ray and I pried ourselves out of bed at 5:30 to head down to St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood, to prepare for the 8 o’clock meal of the Breakfast Club for the homeless in Hollywood.  We were joined by other sleepy-eyed folks who were there to cook up our usual breakfast fare of…

Christmas in Pictures

Great Christmas Day. Here is the evidence: Sarah, Rachael, Luna and Liz Honey-sweetened peach pie filling Ron, Gregorio and Sarah Sarah in her 9 Months of Splendor Relaxed Gift Opening Lattice on Peach Pie Ron, Liz, Luna and Rachael Rachael and Frankie, Both in New Sweaters Our Christmas Dinner Completed Peach Pie This was a…

Christmas Eve: Church and A Few Thoughts

I am writing early today because we are leaving in a few minutes to drop a friend at the airport, then go to Sarah’s to spend a bit of time before I leave to serve as the thurifer at the Family Christmas mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood, which starts at 5 pm. (I…

Evening in Downtown LA

Ray, Rachael and I went to Disney Hall tonight to hear the Soweto Gospel Choir.  Not only have they been nominated for three Grammy’s, they have won two, as well as an Emmy, three SAMAS, and have been nominated for an Oscar.  They have sung with U2, Peter Gabriel, Celine Dion and any number of…

Revisited: 5-Star Gingersnap Recipe

Today I modified America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for gingersnap cookies to fit into my non-refined sugar criteria. That mean basically just substituting white sugar with maple sugar. The results were excellent. The cookies have a real snap and they are filled with freshly ground ginger for a nice little kick. I’m going out on a…

Burning the Midnight Oil

I have had a student here since 4 pm – she just left at 9. We are working through all the supplements that go with colleges she is applying to that have a January 1 deadline. Ouch. There are nine schools and they each have one to three supplements. That means many extra short essays…