A Poem by Granddaughter Luna with a Little Help from Grandma

Luna’s Favorite Things My name is Luna and I’m 7-years-old I have lots of talents, I am told Here are a few of my favorite things Bubble baths, red roses and cute earrings I also like lots of food At restaurants I wanna be a cool dude I love pizza, barbeque I like it so…

RIP, Jano, My Old Friend

Today, I learned that my friend, Jano (Alejandro Lozano-Sanchez), unexpectedly passed away last night in Palm Springs. Apparently, he told a friend late yesterday afternoon that he didn’t feel very well and was going to bed early. He died sometime during the night. Of course, this was a shock and made me very sad. Jano…

Back on the Mend and Grateful for Many Kind Thoughts

I am happy to report that I am feeling much better. I appreciate the kind words that many of you sent to me regarding my COVID-fear post. I could see from your responses that I am not alone in feeling the uncertainty of this time and I felt reassured. So, thank you for that. I…

Feeling A Bit Sick Today and Going Through the COVID Fear

This afternoon, out of nowhere, I started experiencing abdominal cramping, which prompted a series of quick trips to the bathroom. I also felt vaguely nauseated. I went from feeling fine to feeling bad in about ten minutes. I knew I hadn’t eaten anything unusual so I could rule that out as a cause. I lay…

A Writing Prompt Related to Gratitude

This evening I have been looking for writing prompts for the Story Circle Network e-circle group of which I am a member. I volunteered to come up with the monthly prompts and other people in the group volunteered to facilitate the group on a monthly basis. One of the writing prompts I found is the following:…

A Bit of a Ramble on a Friday Afternoon

It is twenty minutes until five on a Friday afternoon. I am going to do my best to get words on the page now so that I can have the luxury of a whole evening to do whatever I damn well please, which probably includes climbing in bed fairly early and watching tv with Ray….

Thoughts on John Lewis, May He Rest in Peace

I just listened to the eulogy for John Lewis delivered by former President Barack Obama. I learned a lot about John Lewis’s life, about his longstanding fight for equality and his deep-seated belief in the power of the people to preserve our democracy. President Obama described John Lewis as “a good, kind and gentle man…

Back in the Saddle Again

I am sitting here in my living room, trying to figure out how to resume my daily writing for my blog. Over the past several weeks, I’ve read lots of other people’s writing, first in my online class where I responded to 14 students, 6 days a week for 4 weeks, and then working with…

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…