Final Press Before Celebrations

This will be a short post. I am dragging my rear-end this evening for good reason: the homeless breakfast this morning and then a day filled with students. I am finishing up with all of my students by Monday at noon, so I have more coming tomorrow morning and early afternoon and one at 9…

The Tension of Awaiting the CA Bar Exam Results

Tonight at 6 pm the California bar exam results were posted. The exam was administered back in late July/early August so it’s been quite a wait to see if daughter Liz and her boyfriend, Ron, were going to be among the recent law graduates who could officially call themselves California attorneys. Ron and Liz went…

Orange Grove Day with Sarah and Luna

This was an Ojai day – up early and out of the house by 7 am and driving up Pacific Coast Highway.  What a great way to start the day – not too much traffic since everyone was driving into LA, not out, so zipping by bumper-to-bumper traffic on the other side of the road…

Tired but Happy

I have been editing and writing all day today and I am tired now. I saw several students and am wrapping up my online class through Story Circle Network. Plus, I have several high school seniors with college essays that need to be edited, as well. I was up at 5 am working, then took…

5 Star Recipe for Black Bean Salad with Mango, Cilantro and Lime

I am not always that crazy about salads that aren’t just greens and the usual vegetables, but I have to say that the recipe below is absolutely delicious. Liz’s boyfriend, Ron, supplied the recipe, which appeared on the side of the can of black beans that his mother had bought. She served this one evening…

College Essays – A Chance to Grow

I started my day with a student who came to work on his college essays. He is an impressive young man with a 2290 (out of 2400) on his SATs so his options are great. He is applying to several Ivy League schools – including Harvard – and has much work to be done since…

Music, Travel and Musings

We have just returned from an evening with Sarah, Gregorio and Luna where we went to Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena and heard a band from Austin named Whiskey Shivers. The park was crowded with families and other residents of the city, and the night was cool. Everyone either brought lawn chairs or spread blankets out…

Flash Fiction: Fire and Luck

I put tulips under all the pillows and then I set fire to the house. I know that sounds crazy, but it really wasn’t because it was an old house – my grandmother’s – and it was out in the country where nobody ever came and it was a week after Grandma died and squatters…

Break a Leg, Liz and Ron

Tomorrow is the first of three days of the California bar exam that daughter Liz and her boyfriend, Ron, have been studying for since the day after their graduation from law school on May 12th. These two, along with their classmates in the accelerated 2 year SCALE program at Southwestern Law School, have been basically…

Faulty Dryers and Surviving Those Early Married Years

We just spent the day at Sarah’s new apartment, helping her to connect her new washer and dryer. Well, her OLD washer and dryer that she purchased from Craig’s List . The washer is working great; the dryer not so much. A piercing squeak arose once the dryer drum was filled with wet clothes and…