The Room Where I Write

The room I am sitting in has a red Persian rug, a brown leather couch, a green brocade wing back chair (plus ottoman), a green Morris chair (plus ottoman), a cane back rocking chair, an art deco blondish coffee table and a low oak table upon which rests our television set. The curtains (which are…

Coping with Troubles

The past few days have been filled with an unexpected batch of complications in several areas of my life, ranging from severe health problems for a couple of friends to very bad news about a couple of friends to very bad relations between a couple of friends. Also, there are stressors occurring in two unexpected…

Prompt: What I’ve Always Wanted…

Here is an inconclusive list in no particular order.  Still, an interesting exercise. I’ve always wanted to be fluent in Spanish and Italian. I’ve always wanted to go on trips to many countries all over the world. I’ve always wanted a simple and nicely tailored wardrobe with at least two cashmere sweaters. I’ve always wanted…

My Need for a Little Daily Solitude

I have always liked small dark places where I could hide: closets mainly, but when I was little I didn’t mind under the bed or in a cardboard box with the lid slightly shut. I even had a secret hiding place behind a long drawer in my bathroom when I was nine or ten where…

Our “Mini” Father’s Day Amid the Heat

Liz and Ron, Rachael and Ariel came over this morning to celebrate a mini-Father’s Day with Ray. The “mini” is because we are going to officially have this celebration next weekend when Sarah is not working nights at the hospital. (A resident’s life is hardly worth living, I’ve noted.) Ron and Liz arrived with food….

Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

Last night I went to my Still Life class at Barnsdall Art Center. Daughter Liz and I are taking this class together, but, unfortunately, my trips to Texas have meant that I have missed several. (Not counting last week when we played hooky and went to dinner instead.) Ray is taking a ceramics class at…

Orlando’s Tragedy Today

Today we had a terrible tragedy in our country. I have little to add that isn’t already splashed across the news. May light perpetual shine upon the victims. May their families and friends find some solace at some point. May we as a nation recognize that our strength is in love not hate. May we…

Lessons from the St. Thomas Breakfast Club

Today Ray and I got up early and headed over to St. Thomas Episcopal church to work at the Breakfast Club, our homeless breakfast program. We reinstituted pancakes today after about a 4 year hiatus. We used to have pancakes every breakfast, but a chef came in to guide us in our meal preparation and…

Dinner, 20 Minutes a Day and Pride Weekend

Back in LA. Had dinner with our good friend, David Bode. We talked about music, politics, the desert, friends, church, travel, food, movies , etc. etc. , etc. There is never any end to conversation with David. We are all old friends and have that relaxed, no hurry to go anywhere kind of attitude when…

Learning from a Young Student’s Life Story

Today I worked with a young man who is finishing UCLA and applying to medical school. For his personal statement, he told me about his life growing up in a studio apartment with five other people while his dad worked as a bag boy at a local Asian grocery store. This boy’s grandparents and his…