Sunday in Texas

I am sitting in what we call the “green” room in our Victorian, named for the dark green wallpaper with maroon flowers and the accompanying dark green ceiling. Two clocks in the room are ticking out of sync with one another, and one just rang four times though it is actually 10:03 pm. Clearly some…

A Day that Did My Heart Good

Today we had a fabulous garage sale with lots of customers, and I also had the chance to see some old friends who were kind enough to drop in and visit. Judy Stevens Jeanes, Kathi Bowdoin and Elaine Bethel-Savage, all old friends from our hometown of Bonham, Texas, came by to say hello. Thank you…

Lots of Steps While Filling Our Sale “Wagon”

I walked 1842 steps today according to my UP by Jawbone, which is a variant of the FitBit. This little wrist device was my Mother’s Day present and also tracks my sleep and lots of other things I haven’t quite figured out yet.  I only received it last Sunday since we had a delay on…

My Day Today

Today, I: Went over and saw our friend Darrah Dunn’s new house (built in 1907) that he and his wife, Shann Schubert, just bought. Went room by room and talked about restoration/renovation.  We also walked around the yard and talked about various landscaping ideas as well. Ate Texas BBQ (chicken). Went to Touch of Class…

We Made It!

We arrived in Sherman, Texas from LA via Ojai, CA about an hour ago after 24 hours of driving over two days.  I took the dogs for a good walk since they (and I) had been cooped up all day and yesterday in the van.  Ray stayed home to settle in a bit while we…

Motel 6, Holbrook, AZ and Guy Clark

I am sitting on the bed in a Motel 6 with Frankie; Ray is on the other bed with Cordelia. This is just for writing. Later, the dogs will be on one bed and we on the other, I hope. That is unless we all end up in one double bed, which might be slightly…

Repost: Visiting Sarah in Corpus Christi in 2011

I reread this post tonight and thought, “Hmmm.  That’s worth sharing.”  I like this post because of its specificity.  At the end of it, I speculate whether I am boring people with this information.  I can’t speak for anybody else, but I enjoyed reading this five years after I first wrote it.  You can weigh…

Sarah’s Birthday Celebration

Today is my oldest daughter Sarah’s 34th birthday. We went out to her new apartment in Sierra Madre for a birthday celebration. Her two sisters, Liz and Rachael, came plus their boyfriends, Ron and Ariel. Of course, Sarah’s husband, Gregorio, and her two kids, Luna and Nico, were there. Plus, Sarah’s nanny, Bri, and her…

Movie Review: Love and Friendship

We just came back from seeing the film Love and Friendship, which is based on Jane Austen’s unpublished novella, Lady Susan. This movie has an unbelieveable critics’ rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 99% audience rating. (These numbers are the highest I’ve ever seen for a film.) Needless to say, I was curious…

Award-Winning Student Essay: To Hold a Hand

A student of mine, Lona Tehrani, wrote a superb college essay that deals with the transgender restroom issue that recently has gotten so much press. This essay won a regional Silver Key award from the Scholastic Artists and Writers contest, the oldest and most prestigious art and writing contest for youth in grades 7 –…