Best Day(s) of 2017

Thank goodness I keep a daily gratitude journal so I can look back at my year. Some days are very vague like “I am grateful for salmon,” while other days I really capture everything that transpired. It’s become a micro-journal which is much easier for me to maintain. Today’s December Reflection is “Best Day of…

NaBloPoMo fail!

Yep, it completely slipped my mind that November is National Blog Posting Month. I was reading my sister’s blog at the beginning of the month, around the 5th or so, and that’s when I realized! Oh well. The month, though, has been pretty good. It started off with the Houston Astros winning the World Series….

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…

NPM – 13 of 30

upon waking I discovered the cat had knocked over its litter box after a day of work where I barely came up for air I made my way to the harbor where I met a friend who was in from out of town we walked to a restaurant and met another friend we talked a lot…

Happy 50th, Sandy!

My sister turned 50 yesterday. Man, that does not mean what it used to. When I was growing up, 50 seemed far away. It was barely a number I registered except to know it was old. But that’s so not how it is. My sister is a vibrant, fun, and amazing person. She loves her…

Feminism in LA

April 2016 started off pretty cool. I had scored free tickets to a reading happening in LA called Feminist as F*ck, being put on by the actress & poet (and my FB friend), Amber Tamblyn. Also on the bill were Amy Poehler (yes!), Roxanne Gay, Eileen Myles, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Rhonda Jarrar. I had invited…

poetry friends

Today, after binge-watching the second half of the last season of “Parenthood” and prepping dinner for tonight, I drove up to Escondido to see an old friend, Rick Lupert, perform his poetry at an art gallery. My friend, Robt, hosts the reading. I was a little late, but I caught most of Rick’s feature, then…

Happy New Year!

I’m trying out a new blog format to go with the new year. What do you think? I spent most of the day at a coffeehouse doing my Unraveling workbook. It was awesome! I’m still not done, as I still have to pick a word (though I have a couple that I’m already tossing around). But I…

birthday eve

When I got to work this morning, my co-workers had decorated the door to my office: The purple paper made it dark and ominous-looking, but cool nonetheless. I didn’t take it down. That’s what will happen on Friday (if the cleaning people don’t take it down first). It was a nice thing for them to…

my working life

I don’t talk too much about what I do for a living because I’ve always considered it secondary to my life. I mean, I work to make money so I can pay bills and have money to do fun things. That’s not to say that I don’t like my job now or the jobs I’ve…

settling in

I was so sad because I didn’t think I’d gotten any response to my last post, but then I realized I hadn’t updated my email address on my account! Thanks for commenting, Mom, Mia, and Sandy! Last week, on Tuesday night, I went to Cafe Cabaret for the open poetry reading. It was fine. I’d…

Last day of April

Hooray! I did it! I posted every day, and every day I wrote a little something. Some were better than others. I’m very surprised by the reaction I got to yesterday’s poem. It was really nice what everyone said and those who liked it, too. It’s funny how something I just kind of pumped out…