New Year’s Eve

Ray and I are snugly settled in our Airstream up in Ojai this New Year’s Eve. Rain is drumming on the roof, a shower that has been persistent all day long and will continue until midnight. We plan to watch movies tonight and have a low-key, restful evening. I can’t think of any other place…

My Unofficial Office in Ojai: Starbucks

I am sitting in Starbucks here in Ojai. This has become my unofficial “office” for my students who I see via Zoom. Our internet at our orange grove can be spotty at times, so I am getting to know the Starbucks workers since I show up and stay for several hours at a time. We…

My Mother and Lady Macbeth

Out, damned¬†spot!¬†out, I say! Lady Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1 I think it’s a fair guess that most people are exposed to these words for the first time when they either read or attend Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. I, on the to hand, heard them routinely as a little kid when my mother was frustrated with…

Love, Like Fig Ivy

Love like fig ivy starts out small and vulnerable on a bare garden wall slender green stems grow tiny leaves unfold nurtured and challenged by sun wind rain holding on stretching moving forward emptiness transformed into green pulsating liveliness a testament to risk growth tenacity

Christmas and The Spiritual Gene

I wrote this a while back but decided to use it for today’s writing instead of writing my usual 20 minutes a day. I made this choice because I’ve just spent the past four hours with my students, editing their college essays. I’m thinking I have done some serious writing today and on top of…

This Winter Storm Is No Joke.

The current winter weather has clearly created havoc over this holiday season. I heard on CNN tonight that 27 people have died in the Buffalo, NY region alone. Twenty-seven people in an area that is accustomed to sub-zero temperatures. Oh, my goodness! According to the Wall Street Journal, the deaths included 14 people found outside,…

Christmas Day at the Orange Grove

Ray and I gathered with our kids, their partners, and our grandkids today at the orange grove in Ojai. We were joined by Heather, an old friend of our family’s from Texas, and Ron’s mom who lives in Los Angeles. Everyone brought food so it was not too hard on any one person and we…

Christmas Eve in Ojai

Ray and I are back up in Ojai so we can be near Liz, Ron, and their new little son, Ethan, for Christmas. We brought Ron’s mother Cindy up with us (she lives ten minutes from our house in LA) so that she could be with the new parents and the baby as well. Tomorrow,…

An Evening with Andrew’s Family Celebrating the Posada

On the Gold Line heading to Covina to Auntie Rachael’s and Andrew’s for Posada Lyla and her baby Gregorio, Ray, Sarah, and Rachael Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus Andrew’s Mom’s Creche Rachael, Lyla, Ray, and Baby Hazel (Rachael’s dog) Pinata Time with Luna

The Great Exodus Has Begun

As we drove back to LA from Ojai this afternoon, it seemed as if the entire city was emptying out. The opposing traffic on 101 and then 405 was bumper to bumper for miles heading up the coast. Our lanes going into LA were full but moving at their usual pace for mid-afternoon. I read…