1st Story Written by Luna and Grandma

I am sitting here on this Friday evening recovering from an overnight with my grandbabies, who, God bless them, kept me going from the second they arrived until the moment we reconvened with their parents (who looked remarkedly rested, I might note). Here is a story that Luna and I wrote.  We were learning about…

Flash Fiction Repost: Hot Pink in the Synagogue

I was dressed in a completely inappropriate shade of pink and I didn’t care. In fact, all I really wanted to do march down the aisle of that synagogue and shout “hello” to as many people as possible while the Rabbi was praying. Yes, you guessed it. I was ticked off at Rabbi Coulter. He…

Ojai Evening

Ray and I arrived at the orange grove about thirty minutes ago. He and the dogs are already snuggled up in bed; I am sitting at the table in the kitchen area writing this blog. We are here tonight and part of tomorrow. I just need to return in late afternoon for students.  It is…

Getting Back to a Routine…

Happy to say that life is settling down a bit.  I have finished with all my students who had term papers that called for burning the midnight oil, and Ray and I are almost finished with an estate that has required a lot of sorting, assessing, packing and moving. Hooray.  Life might just get back into…

Off the Grid Lately, Snowed

Hi folks. Forgive my silence.  I have been snowed with work, both with students and with a recent estate we’re handling.  With one student, I helped work on a paper about T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock.  Now that is one interesting poem. Also, I am neck-deep with another student on…

Orange Blossoms and Bees

We made a quick trip up to Ojai today to handle some business and discovered the grove in full bloom with the hum of bees everywhere.  A grove filled with orange blossoms – so sweet and pure – is one of the loveliest scents on Earth.  Seeing the bees busy doing their job added an…

Ray’s Birthday

We have been celebrating Ray’s birthday all day.  Breakfast with Rachael and Ariel at Hugo’s at 11.  A snack and chat with Liz and Ron at their apartment in Glendale. Then the official whole family gathering at Sarah and Gregorio’s house in Pasadena for dinner and presents.  That started around 3:30 and it is now…

One Major Paper Down!

I have just helped one of my college students finish a 20-page paper on the Aryan Brotherhood.  Feel free to ask me anything; she and I have spent a lot of time researching this prison gang. We have been working since 1:30 pm today and it is now 9. I am going to bed now….