A Special Visitor Today, the First in a Year

Today I had a visitor. The first one in a year. A real live person – fully vaccinated, of course – sat in my den and actually chatted with me. I hardly knew how to act. Before he arrived, I spent a full hour vacuuming, mopping and dusting the room since I thought it might…

Returning to My Memoir Once Again

9:11 pm. Just finished my Zoom writing group. Happy to spend time with my fellow writers, reading our pieces and receiving critique. I read a chapter of my revised memoir – the story of us coming from Texas to California to help my brother Jim as he faced the last year and a half of…

Small Victories

As I get older, I have come to appreciate the small victories in life. These may range from discovering a pair of jeans that I thought I’d lost to feeling extremely proud that I scoured my bathroom to a sparkling shine to hooking up the wifi from our new router to our printer so we…

Back Home and Happy to See a Book by Oliver Sacks Has Arrived

We are back in LA, arriving about thirty minutes ago. It’s 9:25 pm. I had students until 6:45 pm and we left about a half an hour later. But we had to stop for gas and then navigate the traffic, which is getting thicker everyday as more people get back on the roads. All restrictions…

Spring in Ojai

We are still up in Ojai at the orange grove. Currently, I am listening to Mozart’s Oboe Concerto KB 3 while sitting in one of our vintage Spartan trailers, which serves as a spacious living room and is filled with comfortable mid-century furniture. This Spartan is situated directly across a graveled courtyard from our Airstream,…

Granddaughter Luna’s 8th Birthday

Today, my first grandchild, Luna Isabella Pacheco Beaty, turned 8-years-old. She is such a lovely child – smart, funny and kind – and, of course, she occupies a special spot in my heart. I was fortunate to have been present for Luna’s birth and I always tell her that I was the very first person…

Ray’s Hair

A friend wrote to me recently and commented on a Facebook posting I made on Ray’s birthday which included the following sentence: Love of family, dogs, and a headful of hair are key components to your happiness as you navigate through life with eyes wide open. That friend said that she was surprised that I…

A Good Day and an Interesting Syndrome I Recently Learned About

Early Friday evening. Sitting on the couch in the den. Tired after a day of cooking as well as working outside on eBay items that needed just a bit of cleaning and fix-up before they are photographed and put on our site. It’s a good tired. The kind you have after doing physical work. The…

On the Passing of Time

I am sitting here in the dawn of another day. I can hear a bird outside singing. A busy bird with lots to say, chirping away. Out front, cars have begun to race by. Rushing off to jobs perhaps that start in ten minutes – 7 am – on maybe 8 or 9, if commute…