A Good Day

We went to the Rose Bowl this morning to see Rachael, Ron, and Andrew after their 1/2 marathon, which is 13.1 miles. It took them approximately 2 1/2 hours to run that distance (Andrew, a veteran marathoner, would have been faster but he ran with Rachael, who is training for her first marathon on March…

Flu Has Struck

Our collective birthday party has been put off until next Saturday – my actual birthday – due to an outbreak of flu among Luna’s friends. We received an email from Sarah this evening saying that Luna’s best friend and his sister have both tested positive for the flu and Luna has a sore throat and…

Happy Birthday, Nico!

Today is my grandson Nico’s birthday. He is turning 7. Nico is a little boy who has captured my heart. He is sweet, straightforward, and sensitive. He is also a great protector of both his older sister, Luna, and younger sister, Lyla. Nico often says things that make me smile. For example, I was trying…

A Reading from My SCN Writing Sisters and Me

Today, women from Story Circle Network’s monthly “Writing Extravaganza” came together and presented a reading of short memoir pieces and poetry. The stories range from funny to poignant and explore many aspects of life. Each woman was inspired to write her piece based on various prompts that were offered by the facilitator, B. Lynn Goodman….

Emily Dickinson’s Poem, “Hope” is the thing with feathers

I came across this poem by Emily Dickinson this evening and was immediately struck by the beauty of describing hope as “the thing with feathers-/that perches in the soul-.” This uses the literary device of zoomorphism (which is defined as assigning animal-like qualities to non-animal subjects for added effect). The image of a bird as…

Emily Dickinson’s Poem, “Hope” is the thing with feathers

I came across this poem by Emily Dickinson this evening and was immediately struck with the beauty of describing hope as “the thing with feathers-/that perches in the soul-.” This uses the literary device of zoomorphism (which is defined as assigning animal-like qualities to non-animal subjects for added effect). The image of a bird as…

Honey/Agave Sweetened Chocolate Cream Pie

I was inspired to make a chocolate cream pie after listening to “Swingin” (written by John Anderson) and performed by the incomparable The Mavericks. I love this rendition of this song with Raul Malo. Makes me smile every time I listen to it. “Her brother was on the sofa eating chocolate pie” is the line…

Michael, My Writing Buddy

I am writing today with my writing friend, Michael. This means that he and I chat for a few minutes when we first meet (we try to stay focused on the subject of writing) and then we mute ourselves and write independently for the rest of the time. We check in with each other about…

Weekend Visit to See Little Ethan

Our family gathered in Ojai this weekend to see Liz, Ron, and little Ethan, who is now 3 1/2 weeks old. Rachael was there for part of the time along with Sarah, Gregorio, and their kids, Luna, Nico, and Lyla. Sarah brought all sorts of appetizers, and Ron smoked spicy chicken thighs and also baked…

For Brother George on What Would Have Been His 73rd Birthday.

Today is my late brother George’s birthday and I can’t let it pass without writing about him. George died back in 2004 at the age of 54. He had esophageal cancer that metastasized to his lungs. He was given 17 months to live and a second, third, and fourth medical opinion confirmed that initial prognosis….