Daughter Sarah’s Birth Story

It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to post my daughters’ birth stories on their birthdays. If you’ve been following my blog for a few years, then you may have already read all three of them. However, I love so much the chance to remember these special days, I post these for myself….

Prompt: Write As If You’re Dying

I wrote this piece back in 2012, but it seems quite pertinent right now. I thought I’d share it since we are all thinking a bit more about our mortality given we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Do your best to stay well, my friends! I will do the same.  We all know that…

The Key to Happiness: Marry Something

I wrote this back in 2012. I think it remains good advice. I am happy with my free-wielding writing style in this piece. I was loose and letting my thoughts flow. Here’s to relaxing and letting the words just come on out.  So here I am, stumbling along. Not sure what to say or do….

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

I was thinking about my mother today and the secret things I loved about her. For example, I loved her smell, which was a combination of Oleg Cassini perfume, vo5 hair conditioner, and CoverGirl face powder. Also, I loved her “look.” She always wore slacks, a top, and a jacket no matter if it was…

Working on Writing with Granddaughter Luna Via Zoom

It occurred to me the other day that Luna is old enough at age 7 for me to work with her over the telephone just like I do with many of my other writing students. I thought that spending a little writing time together might be a nice connecting point she and I could share…

Congratulations, Elijah Lichtenberg!

I just learned today that Elijah Lichtenberg, who has been my writing student since high school, has just been accepted to USC Gould School of Law. Elijah will be transferring from Southwestern Law School to USC after being at Southwestern for one year. While there, he not only maintained a 4.0 GPA in his law…

5-Star Recipe for Maple-Sugar-Sweetened Hummingbird Cake

I made this cake on Sunday and it was moist and delicious. Hummingbird Cake originated in Jamaica, where it was called a “Doctor Bird” cake, which is the nickname for the Red-billed Streamertail, a member of the hummingbird family. Presumably, the banana and pineapple cake got its name because it was so full of fruit…