Heading Off to Bed

We are back home in LA. It was tough to leave the orange grove since it was a perfect 70 degrees with a light breeze coming in from the ocean. The next several days are busy student days for me so I had to come home. I love the cooler weather. I can see the…

Up in Ojai at the Orange Grove

I am sitting in the “dining” section of our Airstream; Ray is reading on his computer in bed. We are listening to KUSC, the classical music station, which is playing Concertante in G by Domenico Cimarosa. (I looked this up to be sure.) It is lovely. The dogs are up on the bed with Ray….

A Day with Sarah & Gregorio and Our Grandkids

Today, Ray and I spent the afternoon and early evening with the Pacheco Beaty family out in Pasadena. First, we attended granddaughter Luna’s soccer game in La Canada/Flintridge where we had a light sprinkle of rain. Luckily, Gregorio brought the pop-up so we were all comfy and dry while Luna’s team, the Unicorns, ran up…

Instant Pot Magic With Boiled Eggs

I just want to go on record as saying that my Instant Pot produced the most beautiful boiled eggs that I have made in low these many years of boiling eggs. Plus, it was simple and easy. Below is the recipe and some photos of my perfect boiled eggs. I realize this is not earth-shattering…

A Moment with Rowan Williams

If you had ever told me that I would have the opportunity to spend several hours in the company of the Most Revd Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, I would have responded with an emphatic, “Impossible!” However, I can now see that impossible is not a word…

A Quick Update

Hi all, I am back in LA after a marathon of weddings – three in the past five weeks – in Mexico, Colorado and Texas. I have a zillion things I want/need to tell you about that have happened. Nothing huge – well, maybe one thing huge – but mainly important-to me things to share….

When Cleaning Feels Cleansing

I am sitting on the bed in our spare bedroom in Texas, where I’ve been working for the past three hours with students over the telephone. My butt is a bit tired at this point and I’m ready to eat something besides the two pimento cheese sandwiches I’ve had today, plus one peanut butter sandwich…

Heading En Masse to Breckenridge, CO for Brother Sam’s Wedding

My whole California family is on the move tonight. We are en route in three different cars to Colorado for my brother Sam’s wedding.  Liz and Ron are at Arches National Park, camping; Ray and I are in a Motel 6 with three dogs (Cordie, Frankie and Hazel) in Grand Junction, CO; and Sarah, Gregorio,…

A Quick Write on Shoes in My Life

A list of the types of shoes I’ve worn over my life: Kid’s Keds.  A favorite of mine when I was little, white and navy blue. Patent leather little girl shoes for special occasions like Easter or Christmas (in white or black). Flip=flops, which, when I was growing up, were referred to as “thongs.” Pink…

My Tuesday Morning Writing Routine with My Writing Friend

I am writing early to you this morning. It’s 9:08 am and I am waiting for my writing friend, Michael, to come for our every Tuesday 2-hour writing session together. He’s texted and said he was running late so I thought I’d jump right in while I have a few minutes. Michael and I don’t…