Getting Through Life’s Tough Times

This is a post that I wrote back in July of 2012. Somehow it speaks to me today. I hope it will speak to you as well. Len One of the toughest moments I have ever witnessed in my life is when many years ago a beloved priest of mine unexpectedly lost his daughter, Ruthie,…

My Instant Pot and One of My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes

As many of you know, I have become a devotee of the Instant Pot.  When my niece Nicki told me what a positive impact this new gadget had on her cooking, I decided I had to try it. I tested it out at my brother Sam’s house and there’s been no turning back since that…

My Afternoon and Evening with the Grandkids

My granddaughter Luna and I had a special date today.  She was out of school early and Mom and Dad needed a hand.  I had the opportunity to pick her up at her Spanish Immersion kindergarten class, then we had lunch together and went to the documentary, “Pick of the Litter,” about training seeing-eye dogs…

Goodbye, Sweet Friend

My friend Devorah Winegarten died today after a short and intense battle with cancer.  She was one of my Circle Sisters, which is what we call our fellow writers at Story Circle Network. She and I were in a daily Internet group where we shared our victories and challenges related to our works-in-progress. Debs, or…

Our Little Nico

This delicious little morsel is my grandson, Nicolas Ignacio Pacheco Beaty.  He is 2 1/2 and this is the photo his parents saw today when they went to his preschool “social.”  This is the same boy who sometimes cries when Mommy leaves and she worries that he’s unhappy.  He’s also the same boy that his…

Liminal Time: A Reflection

From the New Oxford American Dictionary: liminal |ˈlimənl| adjective technical 1 of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2 occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. ____ I feel as if I’m operating in liminal time right now As if I’m straddling where I’ve…

Ojai for the Past Couple of Days

I have had the rare opportunity to be up at our orange grove by myself for the past two days. Well, that isn’t quite accurate. Liz was here until this morning, but she was busy at work all day yesterday and then had a big project that kept her occupied for most of last night….

Crossword Puzzles

I have turned into a crossword puzzle junkie. This is a recent phenomenon and one I am thoroughly enjoying. I believe it has something to do with focusing my mind solely on the task at hand. I suspend all thought about the current political problems we are experiencing, my worries about friends who are going…

Photos of Our Labor Day Family Gathering in Ojai

Our family gathered over the weekend in Ojai at our orange grove.  We had a wonderful time just being together, hiking down to the waterhole at the nature conservancy and eating some excellent food grilled on the open fire.  Here are a few photos to commemorate our weekend.  The weather was perfect, as was the…