I am Grateful, I really am…

So my daily meditation course directed at improving my life is currently focused on gratitude. One of the exercises was to recall those who helped you out early on in your life. There were several and so I was cheerfully following the instructions of this meditation teacher and imagining their faces. The next instruction was […]

Driven by Apps

Compared to some folks (read, my adult children, that’s how I measure everything) I don’t have many apps on my devices. But I have become dependent on several. In a good way. The first was my Fitness Pal app, which tracks my nutrients and exercise and gives me an estimate of where I need to […]

November 2019 Book Reviews

Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just having a reaction to the whole “genre” discussion that has become way too much a part of my life. As I read this book I knew what was going to happen. I knew who would betray who, who would rescue who else. […]

Poetry Club November 2019

What a fun and wonderful meeting for our one year anniversary…well, actually a little over a year, but we forgot to count. Inspired by Cindy’s recitation of a poem by Ina Coolbrith (more below) to expand our horizons to include a field trip to Berkeley to visit the Poetry Walk, we felt the need to […]

Powerless in California

Yep, PGE has had our power off for most days, but that isn’t why I’m powerless. I’m struggling because I am in an impulsive mood, always rushed, always bored, not able to focus on anything. As a result I have sustained two injuries to my index finger, the right hand, the dominant one. My left […]

More Book Reviews

I am way behind on blogs so you get another book review this month. I am not way behind on reading because it is the thing I can do when on a road trip AND read is what I do, with my headlamp and candles, when the power is out…and it has been out. (For […]

October Poetry Club

What an exciting discussion we had today. We started with Cindy showing us a beautiful book that belonged to her grandfather…and realized it is nearly 100 years old. Cindy then recited three Japanese poems, by Hitamaro, Sakanoe and Basho and explained in detail the different types – seventeen syllable verse: Haiku, but also tanka (five […]

October 2019 Book Reviews

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land. So…..one of my beta readers/critique partners suggested my current work in progress might be a psycho thriller. While I considered this suggestion, I decided to read a couple, with the idea it might help me make my decision on the matter. This book started off in a pretty […]

September 2019 Book Reviews

The Children Act by Ian McEwan.  I know he is a prolific and well loved author, but I almost didn’t keep reading after the first chapter. His use of language was overwhelming, everything so heavy and going on and on. I got that this was going to be the story of a British Judge and […]

More on Volunteering

So I have blogged extensively about volunteering, but here I go again. When I was a young mother I volunteered a lot (we moved and I was bored!)  I was room mother, soccer mom, education director of the Sunday School. Going back to work curtailed that avenue of enlightenment. When I retired I stepped up […]