Happy Father’s Day to A Wonderful Dad

My dad was fifty when I was born. I was the lucky recipient of an adoring father who never wavered in his constant love and attention.  I know I am very fortunate to have had that kind of dad; one who treated me with kindness, respect, and as though I was someone special. I have…

Jacaranda Trees, Huell Howser and a Few Photos

This is a repost. However, the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom right now and I saw an episode of Huell Howser yesterday so this feels quite current. I love Huell’s ability to observe with such glee and ask just the right questions. The Jacaranda trees are blooming all over the city and I wanted…

A Little Rose Therapy

Yesterday, Ray and I visited Otto and Sons Nursery in Fillmore, CA to look for roses for one of Ray’s clients. This charming place was established in 1976 and has been going strong ever since with Otto and his four sons at the helm. We’ve been there twice in the past 6 weeks. This is…

Granddaughter Luna’s Story with Grandma: Wise Voices

Wise Voices Gene was a brown horse who lived at a farm and his legs were very thin. He was born with those thin legs and even though he could walk, he couldn’t gallop like other horses. This made Gene sad because every month there was a celebration and the horses got to run in…

An Inspiring Documentary on Maya Angelou

I watched a wonderful short documentary by Felix Augustine on Maya Angelou today. It chronicles her life and has interviews with her son, other family members, Cicely Tyson, Malcolm X’s daughter, Oprah, Gail King and many others who knew her very well. It shows what wide and varied experiences Maya had as a dancer, singer,…

“Just a Little Hope” – A Song by Len and Sam Leatherwood

This is a song that I co-wrote with my brother, Sam, a while back. I love it, primarily because of the chorus from which the title is taken. This is a song about how “just a little hope” can get you through tough times. It feels especially appropriate right now and brings me solace when…

Love, Color and A Bit of Surprise

I grew up with two strong black women who worked for our family, one from the time I was born until I was 8 and the other from when I was 8 until I was 19. Their names were Louise Love and Lorene Massey and they washed our clothes, cleaned our house, cooked our food,…

An Anniversary in the Midst of a Pandemic and Protests

Here is the maple sugar-sweetened hummingbird cake I made to commemorate Ray’s and my 40th wedding anniversary. We ate it with homemade honey-sweetened vanilla ice cream. This was after a relaxed meal of tortilla soup I made in my trusty Instant Pot. Our big event today besides all this cooking/eating was a trip to the…