An Unrelated Series of Events

  Occasionally a series of seemingly unconnected events come together to have meaning in my life. Event number one: I had two presentations scheduled, a week apart, but both in the Bay Area. I was completing the Iowa Workshop MOOC (and online writing course with a zillion participants) and NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in November) had […]

Nursery Rhymes

I love nursery rhymes long before I was Queen of Children’s Fairlyland. (Yes, I really was, that is a different story, but here’s a photo.) The rhythm of the sing song worked well when hopping on one foot, traveling in the back seat of the car with nosed pressed to window or listening to the […]

Joining the Army of Women

I am technically working on three books right now. In reality I am painting benches. But once in a while I do write or do a little research. In the course of my research I came across the link to the Army of Women. I was looking for causes that women with breast cancer could […]

Finding Flowers in the Desert

I had a chance to hike the desert at the prime time of year. Spring after a good winter. It was easy to see the flowers: they were everywhere. Upon closer examination they really were everywhere, because not only were the lupine lining trails, but very tiny–I’m talking pin head here– flowers grew between the […]

Hiking the trail to Health

Yvonne and I met in high school. Neither of us can remember the exact circumstances. Was it that we were both members in a club? Mr. E’s English class? We can remember all the fun times: taking our advanced biology rats with us to PE where they were trained to sit on our shoulders or […]


I read an article-yes from a reputable source-this morning about some new research on depression. Seems even more evidence has been found that depression is heavily tied to physical state. This particular study showed strong links to inflammation. Inflammation seems to be the latest worry. And I believe it, the research was good, but it started […]

My Sister’s Hair

I wasn’t born jealous of my sister’s hair, but I grew up hearing the story of my mother’s surprise. Apparently we were quite similar at birth, with dark hair plastered close to the scalp. My older sister’s hair changed to white-blond curls within weeks.             Mine didn’t. My next memory […]

My Life as a Cartoon Character

So, I am easily seduced by fads. Making a cartoon, be it a Simpson’s character, a bitstrip avatar or any other posterized version of myself, well, let’s just say I love them. I go the extra step of downloading them and working on them in photoshop. I use them as my FB profile picture and […]

Keeping up Hope and Desire

I read an interesting blog post the other day. This mother used the term “ableist” and I had no idea what it meant. So I looked it up (okay, I googled it, I told you before I can’t fight it). Here is one of the definitions: Ableism or ablism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. Discrimination faced […]

Out of Commission

I am writing this post way in advance. I do that sometimes. When I am full of energy and thinking ahead. You might think the topic is a bit morbid for Christmas. But it is not. It is the story of survival, of treatments that work, of my mother’s win over breast cancer which has […]