An Homage to Mani’s Bakery, Here in LA

As some of you know and many of you don’t, Ray and I do not eat white refined sugar. We haven’t since the early 1980s, with the exception of a few slip-ups on my part a few years back. (Ray never slips when it comes to white sugar, much to his credit.) We eat instead…

Gardening with Rachael

Today, Rachael and I worked in our little postage stamp sized garden. We already have a few strawberry plants, a jalapeño pepper plant, some parsley, and some yams growing from shoots we started in the kitchen. Today we added several different lettuces, green onions, three tomato plants and a chocolate green pepper plant. (Ray picked…

Missing My Brother George on the Anniversary of his Death

On Sunday while I was in virtual church (who knew that would ever be a thing?), I was listening as our priest read the names that are written in our parish’s chantry book, where people are prayed for on the anniversary of their deaths. While sitting there, I heard my brother’s name read – George…

Congratulations to Sweet Lona, New Brown Graduate!

I am proud to announce that one of my closest students, Lona Tehrani, graduated today Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. Lona and I have become very good friends over these past five years since we met when she was a senior in high school. We’ve spent lots of hours together on college entrance essays…

A Lesson I’ve Had to Learn Over and Over and Over

I have had to learn the hard way – meaning, I’ve had to make this mistake many times with three different daughters – before I understood a basic truth in life: Nobody wants you to tell them the truth (if it’s negative) when asked, “How do I look?” My girls still bring up my multiple “wrong”…