One Baby Step at a Time

I was thinking today about how my brother George faced a huge adversity in his life shortly after he got sober. His life changed abruptly after a small non-healing sore was diagnosed in his mouth as cancer and two weeks later, he was at M.D. Anderson preparing to have his jaw and soft palate in…

5-Star Recipe: Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread

I made this recipe this morning but substituted honey, maple syrup, and maple sugar for the equivalent amounts of granulated and brown sugar. The result was a rich and moist pumpkin and cranberry bread that I’ll be sharing this with family and friends this weekend. Baking makes me happy. I feel centered and calm when…

What to Do When Otherwise Good Cake Starts Going a Little Stale

Is it a bad sign that I combined two different cakes that were starting to get a bit stale just so I could make a third cake? Perhaps. But who wants to waste a perfectly good cake, right? So, today, I combined the remaining quarter of an apple cake Rachael made for my birthday celebration…

Station Eleven Limited Series on HBO: A Compelling Story

I am sitting in the den of my house with my dogs, Frankie and Cordelia, stretched out beside me. It is 11:30 pm and the night is very quiet. The wind has been blowing hard but seems to have quietened. There is the occasional whish of a car as it passes by. We have been…

Happy January Birthday Celebration

We had our three January birthday celebration today at Sarah and Gregorio’s house and it was a grand ole time. I had the special treat of being whisked off to the mani-pedi place (along with all the girls) for a special pedi treat. Plus, we had Thai food, two birthday cakes, and homemade ice cream…

A Few Life Lessons to Reflect Upon Before My Birthday

My birthday is tomorrow and here are just a few things that are on my mind as I leave one decade and enter a new one. I don’t know if these are what I have learned or what I hope to learn. Whatever the case, these are a few things, in no particular order, that…

What Big Sisters Do

Growing up, I had four brothers and one sister, who was the oldest. I was next to the youngest and the baby girl. My sister, Leslie, was eleven years older than I was and held a special spot in my heart. She was the source of much love and affection and, over the years, was…

A Chilly and Clear Night in Ojai

We are up in Ojai. It is cold tonight. I just checked the temperature: 44. When we drove up early this morning, it was 39 degrees and rose to 59 during the day. The night is clear and there are lots of stars in the dark sky. The weather channel says the temperature here will…