Grandbabies Sleepover!

Luna and baby Nico are staying tonight and all day tomorrow with Grandma and Grandpa. Sarah is working nights this week as a family medicine resident and Gregorio, who has been with the kids every night at home all week, might need just a little rest. So we are happy to accommodate.  This will be…

The Room Where I Write

The room I am sitting in has a red Persian rug, a brown leather couch, a green brocade wing back chair (plus ottoman), a green Morris chair (plus ottoman), a cane back rocking chair, an art deco blondish coffee table and a low oak table upon which rests our television set. The curtains (which are…

Coping with Troubles

The past few days have been filled with an unexpected batch of complications in several areas of my life, ranging from severe health problems for a couple of friends to very bad news about a couple of friends to very bad relations between a couple of friends. Also, there are stressors occurring in two unexpected…

Flash Fiction: My New Stepmother’s Tear

Dad gives me a wink, like we are pals or something. We’re sitting in our kitchen having eggs and waffles on a Sunday morning. I’m not sure why he winked; we haven’t said a nice word to each other for weeks, not since he married that witch that is now supposed to be my new…

Prompt: What I’ve Always Wanted…

Here is an inconclusive list in no particular order.  Still, an interesting exercise. I’ve always wanted to be fluent in Spanish and Italian. I’ve always wanted to go on trips to many countries all over the world. I’ve always wanted a simple and nicely tailored wardrobe with at least two cashmere sweaters. I’ve always wanted…

5-Star Ginger Cookie Recipe for Belated Father’s Day Celebration

We are celebrating Father’s Day tomorrow at Sarah’s and I asked Ray would sweet he would like me to make for him.  He requested ginger cookies, which come from a recipe I adapted from the book bigfatcookies by Elinor Klivans. We don’t eat refined sugar so I used maple sugar instead. Here is the recipe with…

My Need for a Little Daily Solitude

I have always liked small dark places where I could hide: closets mainly, but when I was little I didn’t mind under the bed or in a cardboard box with the lid slightly shut. I even had a secret hiding place behind a long drawer in my bathroom when I was nine or ten where…

On Staring Down A Blank Page

I am sitting with a student while she writes so I have a few minutes to write my blog. (She and I will edit her writing once she is finished.) That brings me to the question of what shall I write about tonight? Finding a topic for writing is one of the toughest parts of…

Grandma Day with Luna and Nico

I have a little break in my childcare this afternoon due to two sleeping kids so I thought I’d take this time to write my blog early rather than 30 minutes before I head to bed. Normally, Ray and I take one day a week to take care of our little grandkids: Luna, age 3…

Flash Fiction: Jacob’s Search

Jacob reached for a cigarette, lit it, sucked in the smoke then blew it out through his nose. Good grief, what was he going to do today? He considered his options. Watch more CNN? No, that was making him agitated and depressed. Take another shower? How many did he need and besides his skin was…