Happy Birthday to Darrah Dunn

Happy birthday to my dear friend, Darrah Dunn, who has been in my life since little Elizabeth Beaty started at Edison Montessori at the ripe old age of three – that’s 32 years back now, and Darrah was there as both Liz and Sarah’s teacher. It wasn’t long before he left Edison and came to…

Here in Texas Again

I am back in Texas. We are trying to come routinely to tackle the work that didn’t happen over the fourteen months we were away due to Covid. The weather is beautiful. I love fall anyway but fall in North Texas is especially nice. That is, as long as you don’t have ragweed allergies. Ray,…

Grandkids

I saw Luna, Nico and Lyla last night. Sarah and I went to the park where they had gone with their babysitter and when they saw me they ran right over and gave me a big hug. “Grandma!” they called out. After dinner back at their house, I played a card game with Luna and…

Another Aspect of My Life

A part of my life that I don’t talk much about is that I have been an antique dealer for many years. Forty-one to be exact since that’s how long I’ve been married to Ray and he’s the one who is responsible for luring me into the wild and wonderful world of antiques and collectibles….

A Busy Time With College Essays

I have just worked on Zoom with seven students in a row from 2:30 – 9:45. These are high school kids applying to college or college kids applying to graduate school. We are working on their admission essays. I am tired, as you might well imagine, but also happy. They are all such great kids,…

Micro-Fiction: Choices

I can’t say that particular day felt special at the time. I got up as usual, took my bath, dressed, and grabbed a cup of coffee as I rushed out the door. I was just pulling out of the driveway of my apartment building to head to my job as an executive assistant when I…

Outrunning My Inner Critic

My inner critic is a haughty older woman who lives in a big house and wears red lipstick, too much makeup, and has big teased red hair. She wears lots of jewelry and heavy shoes so you hear the rattle of her bracelets and the thud of her shoes when she’s approaching. She absolutely doesn’t…

Successful SCN Virtual Conference Today

I am pleased to report that our first virtual conference for Story Circle Network was a wonderful success today. Thanks to the meticulous planning and follow-through of daughter and program director, Liz Beaty, each of our ten speakers was right on time and full of helpful guidance and inspiration. We also had quite a variety…

Conversation with Myself

Dear Len, I just thought I’d stop in and say a few words. You’ve been on my mind lately. Of course, I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. That food poisoning was really something. A virulent strain for sure. So, I’m happy you’re on the mend. I am also glad you will be slowing down…

“Some People You Like, and Some You Just Don’t”

Prompt: You know how it goes, some people you like, and some you just don’t. From the preface of Susan Lewis’s Forgive Me As a rule, I like most people. That is my nature. However, there are a few instances where I find myself backing slowly away. Call it self-protection or simply being discerning, but there…