Prompt: What I Wish I Could Forget

I wish I could forget that I have felt powerless before and didn’t know how to fight Except, if I did, then I might not be as sensitive to those who have been similarly challenged. I wish I could forget that I have sometimes been insensitive and unkind Except, if I did, then I might…

Prompt: If I Were in Charge of the World

If I were in charge of the world… All people would be encouraged to spend one hour outside each day strolling in a park, in the woods, by a lake, a mountain stream or the ocean All people would be encouraged to smile a lot, laugh more, and break into spontaneous song and dance All…

A Ramble on The Pros of Writing When Tired

Tonight it’s a challenge to write anything. I’ve been working with students since 2:30 this afternoon and it’s 9 pm now. I also woke up early this morning – at 5:15 am – to finish a letter for Story Circle Network, the all-women writing non-profit for which I am currently serving as president. So, please…

A Writing Prompt: Blue

I’m tired tonight and couldn’t think of a thing to write. So, I just took the word “blue” and listed everything I could think of. From there, I composed a little story. Nothing spectacular here, but at least I did my writing for today. Given how tired I am, I going to give myself a…

Helping Students with Medical Personal Statements

I am spending a lot of time right now with students who are applying to medical school and dental school. They have personal statements and lists of their activities that need tending to and right now I’m doing a lot of tending. The deadline is pressing so we’re all working very hard. The good news…

Mother’s Day and Sarah’s Birthday Celebration

We had a lovely and low-key celebration today of Mother’s Day and Sarah’s birthday. Sarah’s actual birthday is May 15th, but we’ll be celebrating the marriage of our nephew little Sam Leatherwood on that day, so we had a birthday party today instead. We had Thai food, whipped cream and fruit, presents and hang-out time….

To Sam: My First Draft of A Song About Brother George

I suggested to my little brother Sam that we both write a song about our brother George, who died back in 2004. Sam had said he felt like George was a compass for him and I felt the same way. So, here is my first rendition of my song. First draft. Flawed. But a good…

Homecoming: A Series Worth Watching

Ray and I watched the first season of the 2018 series “Homecoming” starring Julia Roberts recently. I have to say that the producers, director, writers and actors did a superlative job at least on the first season. (That’s all we’ve watched so far.) The story is compelling, the acting excellent and the topics controversial and…

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…