My Evening Walk

Every night I take the dogs for a walk before bed. This is usually fairly late since this is to help our rescue dog, Frankie, to make it through the night without bed wetting. I find this walk to be therapeutic for me. The streets where I go are near empty and the night is…

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday church.  I served as subdeacon.  The acolyte crew had a lot to do, what with being ready for the ritual foot washing and then at the end of the mass, recessing with the sacrament to the Damien Chapel and then coming back and stripping the altar. Everyone was a bit nervous before church…

Finally Got My BIG Contact Lenses!

Today was the day.  After waiting several weeks, I was finally able to go in and have my scheduled “training” to insert my new sclera contact lenses.  These babies are big. I mean bucket-big, not English pea big.  But….I can see like a champ.  Better than I’ve seen in years.  Yep.  20/20 vision for long…

Holy Week at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood

We are now in Holy Week, which is, for those who do not know, the countdown to Easter Sunday, the highest of the High Holy Days in the Christian church.  As an acolyte, I will be serving almost every day this week with the exception of the Saturday night Easter Vigil mass.  That’s because I…

Back from Ojai

Ray and I have just returned from Ojai, where we’ve been since Saturday afternoon.  Today, I worked with Liz helping tidy up building materials as well as having a bit of an overall Spring cleanup on the land. The day was beautiful with bright blue skies and a temperature of around 65 degrees.  The orange…

Visit with Luna’s Godmother

We are up in Ojai this weekend to enjoy the orange grove with Luna’s godmother, Heather, who is visiting from Texas. Heather has been close to our family since she and Sarah were little kids. We are happy she came for a visit. Here are a few photos.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs: Worth Seeing!

Ray and I went with our friend David Bode tonight to see Isle of Dogs at the Arclight Hollywood.  This stop-motion animated movie chronicles a propaganda campaign against dogs in the future in Japan. All dogs are banished to the Isle of Dogs. The voices of the dogs in the film include Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill…

Outsiders versus Insiders

I am sitting in a quiet room, having just said goodnight to my student, after spending many hours today on the telephone with her researching and writing about two Cuban poets, Heberto Padilla and Nicolas Guillan. We share a google doc as we develop a term paper on these two men who were famous for…

The Cuban Poet, Heberto Padilla

I have been working with one of my college students on a paper on Cuban poets from the 1960s.  The one who we’ve researched today is Heberto Padilla.  He was initially pro-Castro then became a counterrevolutionary after Castro started demanding that poets write poetry that supported the Revolution. Here is a portion of one of his…