Dancing Shirtless

I wrote last week’s blog regarding my emotional reaction to men dancing without shirts several weeks ago. I have to write blogs ahead of time when I’m traveling, especially to areas with no cell service. It just happened that this time I was at a dance retreat with ninety-nine women at the time that blog […]

The Easter Tail (Yes, T-a-i-l)

Javier watched the mouse every day for a week. He studied the way its tiny feet scuttled across the concrete path, tail like a wire flag waving behind. He admired the effortless rise onto back haunches the mouse used to look around the garden, even though as a rabbit he too could stand up and […]

Small Town

The other day I went out and did my local errands. For those of you who don’t know me, I live in a small town. Twelve miles away there is a slightly bigger town, which is where one must go if there are “big” errands. But our little town has a post office, a hardware […]

Sixty Years

Ten years ago I turned fifty. I decided to celebrate this monumental birthday with fifty birthday parties. I documented them in a photo album and recently pulled it out to page through and smile at all the memories. Friends who met me for lunch, students who shared their cupcakes and classroom parties with me, hat […]

Fresh out of ideas

Yep, I am writing this blog with an absolute blank mind. Knowing that in January I am going to have to come up with a lot more blog ideas, because Marlene will no longer be sending me book reviews (and soooo many people have told me how sad they are about that) and I am […]

Do I really want the mouse to die?

I was out of town for ten days and when I returned there was blatant evidence that a mouse had moved into my studio…droppings all around the computer, my thread drawer a tangled mess, and a quarter size hole chewed in my priceless wool rug (from Tierra Wools, New Mexico and woven by my cousin, […]

Boxes full of bags

I love my re-useable grocery bags and have used them for years (my mother, Roberta, makes wonderful bags) but the other day as I was taking cardboard to the recycling bins I realized there was a problem. A bit of history for young folks, memories for those my age. First there was the brown paper […]

TMI

Warning: This blog contains TMI. So…the other day when I was at my regularly scheduled colonoscopy I had my usual discussion with the technicians about the days when I was in college that were PRE- flexible exam. Reminiscing about the torture like contraption I was strapped into, upside down, no less, and the student nurse […]

Separate Vacations

One of my friends recently traveled to South America. She posted a photo which was ABSOLUTELY the cover for this short story (from the collection Day-of-the-Not-So-Dead and other Morbid Little Holiday Tales) I am posting this story JUST so I can post her photo!   Separate Vacations ❈ There is such a thing as too […]

Placer Land Trust

My “to do” list has had “join Placer Land Trust” on it for over a year. I finally was able to go for one of their featured hikes today. It was just what I needed after a long week of paperwork, numbers, and things going slightly south. Placer Land Trust describes their mission as” We […]