A Ramble Through My Day

I am returning to my 20 minutes a day practice of writing. I want to simply get words on the page to keep my writing (and ideas) flowing easily. That is one of the real benefits of writing for even as few as 20 minutes each day. It’s like doing push-ups for writing. Builds up…

Counting My Childhood Friends

Today, I did something strange. I was tired and was resting for a little while after working in the heat of early September in Texas. I leaned my head back against the chair in an air conditioned room and started mentally listing all the people I knew growing up. I’m from a little Texas town…

An Exceptional Book and a Chat with the Author: Susan J. Tweit

I have a wonderful book to recommend. It’s called Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying, and the author, Susan J. Tweit, is a friend of mine and also a longstanding member of Story Circle Network, the international women’s writing non-profit for which I have the honor to serve as current…

Our Lyft Driver’s Music Video: Please Watch!

Ray and I took a Lyft yesterday from LAX and our driver was Robert Sutherland, the singer and songwriter of this video. Robert is from Jamaica and over the course of our 40 minute ride, we learned that he was a musician. He mentioned this song and that he was working in the studio making…

Hacks on HBO Max

Ray and I are watching Jean Smart in Hacks on HBO Max and I must say it’s exceptional. It takes an episode or two to really grab you, but after that, trust me, you’ll be hooked. Sixty-something Jean Smart is so well-suited for this role as a hard-nosed and hardworking comedienne who has been headlining…

Flash Fiction Using a Photo Prompt

Here is the prompt: Here is my flash fiction piece: Granny I love sitting on this porch in the early morning. Feeling the cool air before the heat sets in; hearing the coo of the mourning dove whose nest is in the barn across the yard from me. The chirping of crickets is gone now,…

Three Strangers on a Plane, Sharing

On my last plane flight from LA to Dallas in June to join husband Ray who was already in Texas, I sat in the window seat of my Southwest flight with two young men in the seats next to me. We were all masked per federal rules, and, unlike most trips when I say only…

Looking Up

I saw a red-tailed hawk Soaring in the Ojai sky And then I saw a second Joining in To glide together In peaceful harmony The red on their fanned tails Translucent in the sun In vivid contrast To the azure sky Offering a moment Of perfect solace On a warm summer day

Family Photos of Sam and Caty’s Wedding Celebration

Last night and today, Ray and I have been in Austin for our nephew’s wedding celebration. Here are a few photos of my family and close friends, which unfortunately doesn’t include everybody. But here are at least a few photos to commemorate this happy occasion. It was really wonderful to celebration this lovely marriage with…

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…