Our Orange Grove Saturday

This was an absolutely lovely day surrounded by many people I love. Slow, easy, and relaxed with cool weather as an added bonus. We even had an outdoor movie night hosted by Sarah and Gregorio. Wall-E. Haven’t seen that film in years and was reminded of why I loved it the first time round. We…

Babies at the Orange Grove

  Here’s me with my little buddy, granddaughter Lyla, at the orange grove. At 18 months, she is keeping us all hopping. I had the treat of taking a nap with her, taking her over to visit Auntie Liz’s chickens and also watching her play. She, along with her brother and sister, add an indescribably…

Repost: Flash Fiction from the Prompt “Stain”

“I’m not certain what to say,” Marion Fitzgerald stammered, looking down at the bloodstain on the cushion of her white designer couch. I truly don’t know how that got there.” Joe Francis, a LA homicide detective stared at the middle-aged blonde and said in a tired voice, “Mrs. Fitzgerald, where were you last night at…

A Glimpse into an Influence from My Past

I listen to this chant pretty much everyday when I first sit down to work at my computer. I find it deeply soothing because of its connection to my past. When I was growing up, my family attended a little Episcopal mission in my hometown of 7,000 people in North Central Texas. Believe it or…

A Poem from Maya Angelou This Sunday Evening

Sometimes a poem says is best. A Brave and Startling Truth by Maya Angelou We, this people, on a small and lonely planetTraveling through casual spacePast aloof stars, across the way of indifferent sunsTo a destination where all signs tell usIt is possible and imperative that we learnA brave and startling truth And when we…

Time for the Great British Baking Show, Season 11

Ray and I stumbled upon this reality show a couple of years ago. What is lovely about it is that everyone on the show is so kind to one other. No undercutting among the contestants, no tackiness from the judges, just an, “Oh, dear, this cake isn’t quite as good as you could have done,…

Finally, New Glasses!

I am sitting in the Vision Essentials waiting room here in LA, waiting to pick up my new glasses. I am significantly near-sighted and glasses have been a vital part of my life since 3rd grade. I was due to get new glasses way back in March, but Covid took that possibility away. After three…

My New Favorite Comfort Food Appliance

I have recently discovered the joys of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I have a 5 quart size and can literally make delectable ice cream ready to be frozen in about 10 minutes. I have also discovered a special ingredient that makes the finished product creamy. What is that? Guar gum. What is guar gum?…

Where I’ve Been

Hi Friends, I know I’ve been gone, off the page, not writing my 20 minutes a day. For the few of you that have noticed, I thought I’d give you a thumbnail sketch of what’s been going on. First, I have wrestled with burnout for a while and this was another of those moments. But…

A Poem for Our Times: Curled Up

Curled Up I feel disconnected Far away Closed down Remote Protective of my inner self Untrusting of the outside world Shocked by the cruelty I see The rudeness The lack of respect The anger The lies I want to be trusting Open Willing to share Unafraid Open-armed But I am not Not now Not when…