It’s Scary Pushing My Limits

This year’s challenge of doing Sixty-One things I have never done before is quite sluggish. For one, I have done a lot in my life, so new things are hard to find. Which I’m happy about. But the second issue is the hesitation I have and the anxiety I can easily let built up. (I’m […]

Poetry Club August 2019

A fun, if a bit dark at times, discussion surrounded this months poems. The unplanned, underlying theme….fire! Which shouldn’t be surprising as we all live in the Sierra Foothills, with fires on our minds at this time of year. Susan gave a rollicking performance of “I Went to A Marvelous Party” by Noel Coward. This […]

August 2019 Book Reviews

Resistance by Anita Shreve.  Recently on some of my FB writers groups the talk has been of fear of showing a work in progress to others because they might “steal” the idea of the story. As I read this novel I knew that either 1 – I had read it before or 2 – I […]

Saving Money

The last few years have involved a big change in financial status. I retired, Dan retired, we sold the business. In other words, we no longer have income. (Which was nice when I did the taxes! So simple!) We certainly have planned for our retirement and that isn’t the issue. It is much more the […]

Categories

So much of my life involves fitting into a category. Sometimes it is quite literal: What genre is the manuscript? and other times it is more of a vague sense when I walk into a room. For example: I recently went to a conference. Entering the auditorium I thought I was simply looking for a […]

Silencing Our Story Tellers

I am distressed by a recent trend in the world of writers. There seems to be a group of citizens AND writers who advocate that an author write only about what one knows. I think this originated with the idea that a writer could easily misrepresent and spread one-sided or incorrect information about a culture […]

July Book Reviews

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld. I really liked this book, but I’m having trouble putting why into words. There isn’t one particular thing I can say kept me engaged…I think it was a combination of the novel plot idea and the consistency of the writing. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises, some twists […]

My Life is a Meme

There was the Stone Age, the Industrial Age and the Information Age, but the only label in my mind for current times is the Meme Age. As a FB addict I see hundreds every day. Silly one-liners that instruct me in how to live. This type of instruction isn’t new.…Women have been embroidering and hanging […]

Taking Photos of my Food

There is a lot about the silly behavior of photographing and posting photos of your food on social media. I do it all the time…not only my plate but everyone else’s too. I know it’s silly, but I can’t seem to stop myself so I am trying to analyze my behavior. Here is what I […]

June 2019 Book Reviews

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende. I loved this book. I am behind on reading all of Allende’s work, but she is such an amazing writer. This story, the journal of a young woman from Berkeley who is exiled (in hiding) in Chile, weaves in and out of her memories of how she came to be […]