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…

Gardening with Rachael

Today, Rachael and I worked in our little postage stamp sized garden. We already have a few strawberry plants, a jalapeño pepper plant, some parsley, and some yams growing from shoots we started in the kitchen. Today we added several different lettuces, green onions, three tomato plants and a chocolate green pepper plant. (Ray picked…

Missing My Brother George on the Anniversary of his Death

On Sunday while I was in virtual church (who knew that would ever be a thing?), I was listening as our priest read the names that are written in our parish’s chantry book, where people are prayed for on the anniversary of their deaths. While sitting there, I heard my brother’s name read – George…

Congratulations to Sweet Lona, New Brown Graduate!

I am proud to announce that one of my closest students, Lona Tehrani, graduated today Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. Lona and I have become very good friends over these past five years since we met when she was a senior in high school. We’ve spent lots of hours together on college entrance essays…

A Lesson I’ve Had to Learn Over and Over and Over

I have had to learn the hard way – meaning, I’ve had to make this mistake many times with three different daughters – before I understood a basic truth in life: Nobody wants you to tell them the truth (if it’s negative) when asked, “How do I look?” My girls still bring up my multiple “wrong”…