Finding the Watering Hole by Luna Pacheco Beaty & Grandma

Jillian was in the savanna with her pet giraffe, Addie. Jillian lived in the savanna because she was a student who was studying giraffes for college. It was Jillian’s day off and she and Addie were going on a hike together. They were going to the watering hole where all the animals gathered to drink….

Luna’s Birthday Gift for Her Daddy: A Story about the Two of Them

Two Surprises in One Morning By Luna Pacheco Beaty One Saturday morning a girl named Luna and her father Gregorio went and played soccer at the soccer field. They both loved to play soccer together and this was a special time for them to spend together every week.   Unfortunately, on this Saturday the soccer…

To Beloved Carolyn, May You Rest In Peace

My friend Carolyn Olman died last night of cancer -related issues. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Hollywood for 65 years and I have known her since we moved to LA in 1994 and began attending St. Thomas. I have grown to love Carolyn over these past 26 years and…

Writing Advice Based on My Experience

I have come to understand with myself that real writing doesn’t even begin until crappy writing is on the page. That’s when I have the leisure to go back and make something as good as I can make it at my current level in my writing development. And, yes, striving to make it better and…

Orange Grove Summer Night

I am sitting here at the orange grove. Cool air is pouring through the windows of the Airstream after a hot day. I hear music playing off in the distance, a late night Friday night celebration perhaps. Besides that faint music, all I can hear is the clicking of the clock on the wall. I…

High School Band, Twirling, and Mr. Tommy Neugent

When I was a senior in high school, I decided to try out for twirler. I had been a devoted band member, starting out with a cornet in 5th grade and eventually graduating to French horn. I definitely wanted to play French horn in concert band, but it was my senior year and I thought…

A Few Thoughts on the Gifts that Come from Writing

Here and now I am sitting in my living room. The grandfather clock just chimed on the half-hour. I am listening to Sacred Music from Spain on YouTube. I haven’t heard this before but it’s lovely. I try to listen to music when I’m writing that doesn’t make me want to sing along and is…

Luna’s New Story Inspired by A Little Research about Brazil

Luna and I picked Brazil on a globe today, researched a little about Brazilian foods and also looked up favorite Brazilian girls’ names. Here is her story: From Brigadeiros to Donuts Ana and Arete are twin girls who live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their family is moving to Los Angeles in the United States because…

Elvis, Hand Sanitizer and Covid-19

I have a student in my current “20 Minutes a Day” class (where students write 6 days a week for 20 minutes for 30 day), who wrote in her entry today that she had a doctoral professor who liked to use the phrase, “Relish and squid.” This referred back to a lecture the professor had…

When a Faulty Memory Leads to a Near-Death Experience

This is a story that happened a few years back right around this time of year. I would say this is the very closest I’ve ever come to facing my dying moment – and killing poor Ray in the process. Thank God for a little Divine intervention when we both really needed it. I have…