College applications

I have no real recollection of my college applications. I’m pretty sure I had to write an essay, and I might even have it somewhere in a file folder. But what these applicants need to do now is remarkable. There are activity lists and short answer essays and student statements and academic statements. And so…

Pare down

I have a daily organizer on which I list things I want to get done each day. In the early days of the pandemic, it was pretty bare, but as time has gone on, there are things I want to do, like keep in touch with friends or submit to poetry journals, that I like…

Have a poet read your stars

As a gift to myself for my birthday, I booked a session with a poet friend of mine from back in the day who now has a PhD in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Studies. One of the services she offers is an astrological reading to support personal healing. Shortly before our session,…

Saturday morning

Yesterday, I had every intention to get shit done. But somewhere along the way, my motivation dried up and I watched Netflix (almost done with the series “Jane the Virgin” and kept up with “The Great British Baking Show”) and was in bed (and going to sleep, not playing my game or checking social media)…

Let’s take a hike

When I first moved back to La Mirada, I quickly took to hiking around nearby trails. I expanded my perimeter and found trails all around that were great, some more than others. It was great for me because I was exercising, but I also enjoyed it so much that it didn’t feel like exercise. I…

A productive day

It’s not often that I get all the tasks on my to-do list done, but today is one of those days! Usually, I poop out in the afternoon, but things just worked out where I was able to keep going. Plus I got in a workout and got all my steps. I might even get…

end of December, end of 2020

Here we are. I didn’t write as much as I thought I would, given the pandemic and all, but I probably wrote a bit more than I would have without it! I sometimes wonder if I can even call myself a writer or a poet because I don’t really have a regular practice. Maybe that’s…

birthday week

I got my first present today when my mom & I went to a sporting goods store, and she bought me a new tennis racket (racquet?)! It was her idea, and I was so happy and grateful! I also got some new balls, new grip, and these cute little shock absorbers. I can’t wait to…

an afternoon at the beach

It’s not really how it sounds. I mean, I was dressed in jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, and shoes & socks. But yes, I went to the beach today. San Clemente to be precise, and the reason was I was meeting a friend there. I packed a camp chair, some snacks, and layers. I’ve known Robt…

afternoon hike

I used to get up and go for a walk before I started work. I could usually get in at least a couple miles, three if I was really focused. Around two weeks before the time change, it was just too dark in the morning for me to get motivated to go out. And now,…