Heavy Lifting

When I retired my goal was to take charge of my health. That would be my new job. To eat a healthy diet, to exercise, meditate, join a yoga class, journal everyday, join social support groups (e.g. writers, artists etc) and do everything right. It has gone well. Fifty percent of the time. The whole […]

I Want to Be a Gypsy

I have always been fascinated with the concept of gypsies. Examination of my Ancestry DNA results did not indicate any gypsy blood. I was pretty bummed about this. I wanted to account for my itchy feet, my love of wandering, my total joy at seeing something new with an easy explanation of “it’s in my […]


Anyone who follows my blog or is my Facebook Fan or Friend has seen photos of my adorable RV—her name is “The BookMobile.” I use her for my various road and writing trips. She is an older vehicle, bought as a bargain. Three years later she is once again in the shop. I am officially […]


In the course of my training as an educational psychologist I studied the brain. Primarily development and learning. Later in my career, as I moved on to get my MFT license, I worked with the elderly and pursued education in the area of the aging brain. I really liked learning about the brain so much […]

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, […]