musings, memoir, life in the mountains
- October 04
- Currently living it.
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Thanksgiving Couple II
November 25, 2013 08:27PM
- The Thanksgiving Couple I
November 25, 2013 06:27PM
- NaNoWriMo - The Challenge
November 19, 2013 02:54PM
- White Trash
July 19, 2013 05:29PM
- Happy 7 Squared Plus 4!
October 04, 2013 11:36AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “"This seems like a story
with a happy ending. I
confident that if you
- “Hi, back reading again.
Maybe I took this too light
- “James, that's how it is
here, as well.
whole point of putting the
- “Hmmm, that bed looks
pretty inviting on a cold
night...I'd have to be
- “That is a wonderful
Christmas moment - good of you
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On the day before Thanksgiving last year, preparations were in full swing at our house, for we were hosting the traditional feast. Our family gatherings have grown since we moved to this area nine years ago, so the expected number was to be around sixteen.
Part I of this story begins… Read full post »
Last year, I wrote a sweet little Thanksgiving post while thinking of an old family friend. I was so grateful then to have our family even slightly back on keel after the recession.… Read full post »
November is National Novel Writing Month.
As much as I love writing, reading, and novels, whoever decided that November, the month that starts the year's longest holiday season, is a good month to start a marathon of writing fiction, must be a little bit crazy.
Specifically, the NaNoWriMo chall… Read full post »
Stepping outside into the early morning light most days this summer, I'd sleepily pick up the garden hose and begin the morning watering. In the dry heat of our arid summers, the Sun's rays beam like lasers without the blanket of humidity to diffuse them; the winds sear and plants suffer… Read full post »
Every year when my birthday comes around, inevitably my very first thought is of my sister: my older sister - my big sister - by 7 1/2 years and one-half inch. That half inch gain is recent as we used to be the same height. I've increased my yoga practice,… Read full post »
Blogs all over the internet are certainly fired up today about Miley Cyrus's performance at the VMA awards, her very healthy-looking tongue sticking out, the foam finger, and whether or not she's an empowered woman. No one's mentioning her singing, a detail of the performance Miley seemingly forgot t… Read full post »
A girl slept in blind dream near Nantucket,
tried the suburbs but then she said fuck it.
An at home pilgrim I'll be
on 50 acres by the sea
(gazing up at Mercury)
....a brazen princess, 'til I kick the bucket.
THE CHALLENGE, thrown down by JD… Read full post »
At first - brown - visible on far horizon, a rusty stripe distinct against blue summer sky. This doesn't last long, the wall is heading for us.
Smoke. A tide of choking air blowing south into our narrow valley, the surrounding ranges a perfect trap as it funnels in. The acrid… Read full post »
So, our town had a big parade today....
Three years ago this June 10th, I clicked 'publish' on my second post on Open Salon.
The next day, I found my supposedly lost first post hidden under 'drafts' - the post I'd labored far too long on and thought gone forever due to some mysterious computer glitch I'd somehow… Read full post »
As my sister sits and waits while her wife is in surgery,
aggressive cells break through walls at my other sister-in-law's house
(even though she was free three months ago
as I was free three months ago -
I can't help counting...)
As my niece fears germs so deeply her pa… Read full post »
According to a mutilation of ancient Mayan prophecy, some believe that today
We awoke before dawn this day and whispered our good mornings, entwining our fingers with leg thrown over leg, our sleepy minds slowly giving thought to the day ahead. The window's view before us gave shape as the dawn began to rise, rows of dark spires, mostly young redwood peaks,… Read full post »
Once upon a Winter's week, we drove down to the coast...
I love stopping here ~ almost always an empty beach up here on the Lost Coast.
Another favorite stopping place on the far northern California coast ~ that water will freeze your toes, even in August !… Read full post »
The sounds of air battle were loud, we could hardly hear ourselves talk over the noise of the video game the boys were playing upstairs in their grandmother's bedroom. Don, my (twice widowed) mother's third husband, offered to go upstairs and check on them, to… Read full post »
Each year when this day comes, I quietly mark it with a small smile. I don't tend to say a word, but I know.
Today is my Freedom Day.
The day I left
So long ago, another world ago,
Escaping with my two small boys,
Long ago, when my mother once remarked, "You look blowsy" I thought she meant 'vibrant, bright-colored, gyspy-like.'
I distinctly remember the event: I was in my late teens and finally daring to wear on a date the Forties-inspired, brightly printed bandeau halter with… Read full post »