a life well lived – Cathy Grawin

I just learned this morning that my dear friend, Cathy Grawin, passed away early Friday morning from ovarian cancer. I loved Cathy. I adored her. She was a role model to me in many ways. She was a woman who loved her life, who loved her work. She was an amazing plein air painter. We…

downtown life

So far I’ve had a pretty great day. I woke up around 7:45 am and went down to my favorite little French cafe (Cafe de L’Opera) around 8:30 am. The doors were closed, and I was sad that they might be closed, but then the owner saw me and opened the door for me. She…

OBX (and my return!)

Remember me? It’s been a while, I know. I always make the same excuses when I haven’t written in a long time. I’ll spare you. I changed up the theme of the blog, something I usually do when I try to get into posting more. It occurred to me that I have done a miserable…

no man’s land

I wrote a poem once about how 3 am is a no man’s land. It’s too late to still be up partying or whatever you’d like to do, and it’s too early to be up for the day. But here I am, for a couple reasons. I went to bed around 10 pm, after watching…

sweaty denim

I have these old worn out jeans that I can’t bring myself to throw out because they’re super comfortable. I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that the thigh rubbing area is getting thin and in some places has worn through. I have taken to walking in them. My last few walks have taken me further…

I should stop wearing Birkenstocks to the grocery store

I fell in a grocery store today. Again. That’s the 2nd time in as many years. I have a third fall to my credit as well that happened a few years ago when I lived in Clairemont. The culprit in all three instances has been water on the floor. Today’s adventure was at the Vons…

NPM – 18 of 30

what do you make of a day that begins deciding if you’re well enough to return to work you do your ten years of working is celebrated with the head honchos and others who have also endured for a decade you eat mediocre pizza and must recount how you came to work there then share…

NPM – 9 of 30

there’s nothing quite like waking up late discovering that your favorite cafe is now open on Sunday watching a ballgame in the sun eating carne asada chips lounging on the couch to make you not want to go back to work tomorrow

NPM – 7 of 30

day in the sun/a night in the night there is nothing quite like the feeling you have after a lazy day in the sun your face warm your skin slightly salty your hair maintains a sun scent you decide to take a walk as evening comes to shake off the haze mix up the mindset…

NPM – 6 of 30

“a hard cry could draw walls in, it could bend metal, it could turn a full moon into a sliver” – from The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen not as much as before not like it used to be tears enough to drown in sorrows fit for a crone but the aftermath produced no supernatural…

NPM – 4 of 30

Another Girl in the Car Behind Me she looked younger than me hair up haphazardly as if she just worked out or is the type of woman who can wear her hair casually & still look good suddenly she raised her cell phone to the top of her steering wheel and kept it here like…

NPM – 3 of 30

uneven last night, my chin gushed blood due to an unfortunate launch of the cat from my face in sleep, an apology given soothed a troubled mind in the morning, as I brushed my teeth, an unexpected tilt I tried to balance myself tried to steady what I didn’t understand it turned my day upside…