Last Days of My “Writing Short” Class

10:22 pm. I have been working on the final critiques and line editing for my Story Circle Network “Writing Short” class, which is on writing Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir. The class officially ends on Monday. I had the special treat of meeting three of my students in this class at the Stories of the Heart conference…

Eli Aminpour: Heading to Stanford for a Summer Research Fellowship

I am very pleased to announce that my writing student Eli Aminpour has been awarded the highly competitive Dr. Michael P. Fischbein Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery Research at Stanford University. Eli, a Beverly Hills High School junior, will head to Stanford for 8 weeks this summer to learn research techniques and conduct research projects in…

Ramblings and Resurrecting My Stowed Away Manuscript

I am sitting in the den in my house where I’ve been sitting almost all day with students. Cars are zipping by out front, not as many as in the height of the day, but still a regular flow of them. The dogs are upstairs with Ray, no doubt snuggled on the bed, sleeping while…

Repost: Memory of Mom

I am reposting this piece that I wrote a few years back because today is my mother’s birthday.  While this is only one of many memories I have of my mother, it remains one of the most salient.  Whenever I hear the word individuation, I immediately think of this conversation she and I shared. ***…

Unexpected Freedom = Heaven

Ray, Liz and I are supposed to be at Barnsdall Art Center tonight for the beginning of our new classes. Ray is taking pottery and Liz and I will be exploring painting with acrylics. However, none of us is there. Liz is leaving early in the morning for a conference in Cleveland and sounded instantly…

When Life Presses In

I have been playing catch up all evening, communicating with the Story Circle Network online teachers about the upcoming term and responding to reading comments and writing submissions from my current online flash fiction/flash memoir class. This week has been a whirlwind of activity centered around students, family and church. I had two solid days…

The Meddler – Susan Sarandon’s New Film

We went to see Susan Sarandon’s new movie, “The Meddler,” this evening and while I don’t think it’s a great film, I still was entertained.  Sarandon’s performance alone would justify buying a ticket.  She embodies her character through and through and  there are scenes that, as a mother of three daughters, I could completely relate…

Rachael’s Birthday Dinner w/ Recipe Included

We had our belated birthday dinner for Rachael this evening. Lots of fun at Sarah and Gregorio’s new apartment in Sierra Madre.  I made homemade stuffed shells and peach pie, both Rachael’s favorites.  I have included the stuffed shell recipe before, but it’s so good that I’m going to post it again.  This is truly…

Grandbaby Visit

We headed out to Sierra Madre this afternoon to see our grandkids. Pure heaven. We are driving now to Ojai to spend the night at the orange grove. Well, Ray is driving because I am dead tired. Here is a photo of the two little scamps. This is short but the best I can do…

Wednesday Evening Ramblings

I am sitting here at 7:35 pm. My last student left an hour ago; my first one arrived at 9 am and I have had back-to-back two-hour sessions all day. I am grateful for the work. There was a time during the recession when my student numbers went to half. That’s when I came to…