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It's that time of year again: Mother's Day. A mixed bag of emotions. This year is different. My mother in law has been living with us for about two months now. It's challenging, patience-building, tiring, ever present work. But it's not forever and I know it is all worth it in… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 10:10AM

Man With a Heart of Gold: Neil Young





Born in Canada, but closely associated with northern California, Neil Young’s massive fan base appreciates his simple yet complex lyrics, his energetic live performances, and his authentic presentation of himself. I think one would be hard-pressed to name a tim… Read full post »

Much of Mom's pre-Alzheimer's poetry consists of just a few lines. Today, in honor of her rapidly approaching 90th birthday tomorrow, I am sharing a collection of them, with my photography.




All during the night

the cypress had clutched the fog

tight to her breast.

With the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2013 9:56AM

Words of my Mother Part 14: Sunset



Raspberry jam streaks criss-cross the evening sky,

as a setting sun turns it the color of cotton candy.

Soon a black velvet blanket covers the stars

and the moon hides

like a sand dollar hides on the beach.

Clouds wash it into view again,

like the ocean waves wash… Read full post »

 Please play music while reading.
Mom will reach a milestone on Sunday: her 90th birthday. I am quite sure her life now is not what she envisioned for herself.
But that's Alzheimer's Disease--it's a sneaky bitch,
slowly robbing a person of each quality and characteristic that makes an… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2013 1:10PM

Worldwide Royal Baby Talk

Many here are not in the least bit interested in news of the royal birth that happened in London yesterday. But it was obviously of interest to many around the globe. In the relatively few years since Prince William's birth,  technology's rapid advances has enabled news to fly around the globe… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2013 3:10PM

Scenes From a Small Town Parade

15.9 square miles.
The size of my city.
We moved here to the San Joaquin Valley of California from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983. The population has doubled since then, but it still has a small town feel. Every Fourth of July there is a parade to help celebrate… Read full post »
 I've never been to Alaska before this month. I  now have an appreciation for this state, one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Trying to capture the beauty that surrounded me was all-consuming. I took hundreds of photos and feel like I did not do justice to this majestic… Read full post »

On this Mother's Day I'd like to think of the mother I used to have B.A.- Before Alzheimer's. The poet, the jewelry maker, the crafter, the gardener, the reader, the music lover. None of those things exist in her any longer.

But I am left with her words.

Happy… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 9:39AM

Psychedelic Saturday #10

Welcome to Psychedelic Saturday. 


A weekly post dedicated to all things psychedelic. Post your reflections on psychedelic  happenings via your stories, photos, art, or poetry.  

Psychedelic Pill. 

It's not what you think. It's not LSD or  DMT or cannabis. I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 2:27PM

Psychedelic Saturday #8

 Welcome to Psychedelic Saturday!

A weekly post dedicated to all things psychedelic. Post your reflections on psychedelic  happenings via you stories, photos, art, or poetry. 

For the past 34 years I've been married to a Dead Head. Prior to that I knew of The Grateful Dead, but was not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2012 12:01PM

Psychedelic Saturday #7

Welcome to Psychedelic Saturday, my weekly Open Call.
What is psychedelic in your world?
Post your stories, poetry, photographs, and music.
Much to the chagrin of my friend Linda Seccaspina blacklights still hold a fascination for me. I know, I know, I'm somewhat stuck in the pa/… Read full post »
OCTOBER 20, 2012 11:18AM

Psychedelic Saturday #6

Welcome to Psychedelic Saturday, volume #6!
Join in the Open Call and post your version of the psychedelic experience.
"Honey, look what I bought at a garage sale!", my husband excitedly said last weekend. With great care and pride he gingerly placed a lava lamp on the kitchen counter.… Read full post »
OCTOBER 13, 2012 1:39PM

Psychedelic Saturday #5

 Welcome to Psychedelic Saturday.
Witness Jim Morrison at his spacey best in this footage from the Hollywood Bowl.
Pretty sure he was tripping on something during the show.
He completely sings in a stream of consciousness state as most of his lyrics do not match those originally written. Origi… Read full post »
OCTOBER 6, 2012 11:04AM

Psychedelic Saturday #4

 My 4th installment to Psychedelic Saturday.
What do YOU consider psychedelic?
Post your photos, writings, or music selections .
Flashback with me to the '60's every Saturday.
It's a nice escape.
The 1968 Monkees film Head featured this music co-written especially for the group by/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 7:10AM

Psychedelic Saturday #3

Submission 3 to Open Call of Psychedelic Saturday:

I Am the Walrus

from The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Album released in 1967.

According to John Lennon he said he wrote the first two lines of the song on separate occasisons, both times while on acid. It was also the first… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 1:44PM

Psychedelic Saturday #2

Today's submission is an iconic song from the 60's. 
 Not many know that the song was not penned while Grace Slick was with Je… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 11:36AM

Open Call: Psychedelic Saturday

I am a child of the 60's. 
I've hung onto my love of the music of that era through
glam rock,
heavy metal,
and hip hop. 
I woke up thinking about this topic this morning.
What are some… Read full post »

A Simple Shutterbug issued a gallery challenge to show our summer.I have to start with my all time favorite summer song. Please enjoy while you read.



 From small town parade

to mountain lakes

to seaside.

Simple joys in life.

I am grateful for… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2012 9:32AM

Good News Sunday: 34 reasons

34 Reasons

Today my husband and I celebrate our 34th anniversary.  In looking back over the years there are so many moments that have defined our marriage, enhanced it, or were just plain fun. So, John, this one is for you. Happy anniversary. I love you.

1978 We married.… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2012 12:29PM

Good News Sunday: Batmobiles

In my smallish city, I am always on the lookout for things that my 8 year old and 4 year old grandsons might enjoy.  When I saw a recent advertisement for a promotion of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, I contacted my daughter and let her know the… Read full post »

 July 12, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones first ever live performance. I am reposting this Mick Jagger tribute I wrote last year. Many of the video  links had been discontinued, so I redid them all. Hope you find some time in your day for a little bit… Read full post »

It's everywhere these days: the green smoothie. Eating more fruits and vegetables and less of everything else is better for us. So say the experts. I've seen various versions of the green smoothie on Dr. Oz's tv show, The Doctors, the Food Network, online, and in assorted magazines and food sections… Read full post »

STATHI's OC for photos of the sky tugged at me this morning.
The sky is an ever changing, mood enhancing presence
no matter where you are in the world.
So many poems and songs have been written about it,
but I have a couple of favorites and one is… Read full post »
 A book with disappearing ink? Who needs that kind of pressure?! This new invention, when exposed to air and light, will eventually allow all the ink to disappear from the page. In approximately two months the pages will be blank. As an active member of my book group for the past sixte… Read full post »