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…

A Book That Will Keep You Up Late at Night, Reading

When I first met Jeanne B. Guy through Story Circle Network, she told me she was working on a memoir. That was several years ago and before we became friends through our time together serving on the Executive Board for SCN, a non-profit that encourages all women to tell their stories. This past year, I…

Not Quite Well Yet

I am back on the BRAT diet. Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. Apparently, the bug in my gut is not completely done with me. I only thought I was well. This morning after a breakfast of corn flakes, raisins and almond milk, I started feeling a pain where I have decided my esophagus connects with…

A Day and Night in Ojai

Tonight I am up in Ojai. The wind has been blowing very hard all day. We had old friends come up and visit today. They are moving to Washington State and are on their way up the coast to their new home there. They are very good friends who we haven’t seen because of Covid…

Conversations with Myself

I am quite a conversationalist with myself. I have full-blown discussions, which are characterized by two distinctly different thought processes. One is the “I don’t know what I’m doing” part of my brain and the other is the part that says, “It’s okay. You don’t always have to have everything together.” I guess we could…

Family Day

Today, our family met at Sarah’s for haircuts, food, and visiting. We came early and stayed late and had lots of fun just hanging out together. All three of my daughters and Nico received haircuts from a hairdresser named Jennifer who came to the house. They met with her on the patio for their haircuts….