the dogs are barkin' today


North of San Francisco, California,
November 16
I teach, I parent, I learn, I contemplate. I am constantly putting my toe in the water. I dove in, now I'm trying to keep my head above the surface.


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OCTOBER 30, 2010 4:17PM

Ancestral Belongings

My daughter adores Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and she and her friends are very caught up in its characters and mythology these days. She has decided that she wants to read the book (I keep telling her how much better original books are than any movie). So I pulled outRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2010 11:37PM

My Day in Court

It turned out to be a fascinating day.

As usual, I moaned and groaned when I got my jury summons. Not knowing what would happen next, hour-to-hour, for at least a day, was a nightmare for my anxieties. It was already a very busy week with special events.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2010 11:02PM

It Is a Face

      It is a distinctive face. A convoluted face. An honestly not-very-attractive face. He had seduced me with charm and compliments and intelligence. And a steady job. And fancy words. We dated a bit. He took me flying in his airplane. But he stood me up twice. He was inconRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2010 9:48PM

I Am From - Trudge's Open Call


I am from the needlepoint bag leaning against the moss green easy chair, from powdered milk and Jell-O and mom’s endless cups of tea.


I am from the big yellow house that everyone remembers on the curve of the road, on the side of the hill on… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 9:37PM

Okay, I Lied

I said I wasn't going to weigh in on this, but I've had two glasses of wine, and that makes me stupid (and therefore some of you won't take me seriously, either).

I am reposting something I wrote quite some time ago. So there.

What makes a writer?Read full post »

  1. Lingerie & pajamas. Bullshit. What do you really sleep in?

Depends on my mood and who is sleeping with me. Love my t-shirt nightshirt with the fishes on it. Naked is my favorite.

2. What’s the one thing in your refrigerator you’re goddamned angry aboutRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 11:09PM

A Baker's Dozen of Randomness

On my first day of college at UC Davis I ran my bike over a curb in a traffic jam and crashed. I walked to classes for a week while it was repaired. One of the more humiliating experiences of my… Read full post »

It’s hard for me to be very specific about these, I tend to generalize experiences like this, but I will try.

The first ones that come to mind:


The beach on the west side of Maui – I had gone forRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 10:10PM

Voices in My Ear

I don’t consider myself the kind of person who likes to talk on the phone. I like to get business done, get it over with, and get on with the day. I don’t “chat,” except for long distance with my most special friends and family.

YetRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 1:40PM

Hey Dave, I wrote a poem!


our daughter wears the t-shirt you gave me in college

back when we were in love

and denial

“just friends.”

it startled you

to see her in it.

you’d forgotten

of course.

because I am the sentimental one

who keepsRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 1:16PM

Another 15


I have resisted Mark’s Open Call, fearing that my selection might be too pedestrian or boring or stupid for you all. I have no time to download album covers (sorry, taking my kid to the museum today), so I’ll keep it simple. … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 8:09PM

Thursday After-Work Haiku

my lovely backyard

glass of cold white wine in hand

is it Friday yet?

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AUGUST 29, 2010 11:12PM

The Last Time I Drove Out of Paradise

The first time I left Paradise, the hills were on fire. It was August. I had decided to leave my husband of three and half years after another drinking incident that deserves its own piece. I packed up my Honda Civic with belongings of immediate need and drove through the… Read full post »


In order to protect the innocent and the guilty, let’s call them…Jim, Ted, and Paul. They are posed on the balcony of an apartment in the year 1985. It is spring. A girl has just graduated from college. The three gentlemen (and really, they are) have gathered to help this… Read full post »


Not an exciting title, but at least you know what you’re getting. :)


675.9 miles driving from Santa Rosa, California to Ashland, Oregon and back.

1 annoying traffic jam

51 Slug Bugs (the new beetle)

15 Mini Coopers

(We counted both… Read full post »

(Spoiler Alert!)

Yesterday I took my daughter to see the movie Ramona and Beezus. Most of you probably know the books of Beverly Cleary (and if you don’t, I’ve got a few copies I can loan you). For each of my 18 years of teaching I have readRead full post »

JULY 22, 2010 11:19PM


I've revisited this short piece numerous times over the past twelve years. There's definitely something there, but it never feels quite right to me. Thought I'd share it with you, my friends. :)


I sit here and think about things that break. Heaters and cars and relationships… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2010 1:38PM

Another summer haiku or two

I went to the pool

forgot my excellent book

damn, I have to get wet




I went to the pool

forgot my diverting book

damn, stuck with my thoughts Read full post »

JULY 9, 2010 4:44PM

My Sanctuary: a Poem

My sanctuary

is in the nuzzling of his neck

the reach of her arms

the kindness of their words

the cuddle of my softest pillows.

My sanctuary

is in the children’s giggles

their large bright eyes

the faith of those IRead full post »

ice-cream Pictures, Images and Photos

I have a friend who makes ice cream. She makes it for her friends, she makes it with her students, and she celebrates her birthday with a party and at least three flavors of her own homemade ice cream.

She is an artist.… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2010 3:38PM

Swim Bitch

Adorable Daughter: “Oh, and M is going to meet us at the pool today to help me with my swimming. Is that okay?”

Uh, no.

Perfect, lazy summer days at the pool with my daughter are my territory. No blonde tri-athlete-girlfriend-of-my-ex-husband is going to just… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2010 12:34PM

Solstice Haiku

early and late sun

nasturtiums by the window

summer in my soul

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JUNE 20, 2010 5:59PM

My Dad is Perfect

(This is a repost from last year with some minor changes- because why ruin a good thing?)

Oh, the arrogance of that title. But, what’s true is true.

While I was growing up, my dad worked very hard to support his family, but… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2010 12:09PM


Summer is here, I have time on my hands, and yet, I am not writing, and definitely not posting much. Today I think I figured out why.

Someone on this site recently told me that I was loser and that I had nothing to say. He was… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2010 12:54PM

The Freedom of Forgiveness

I remember how I felt the day I decided to forgive him. I just looked up from whatever I was doing at the time (packing for school, doing dishes, sewing, gardening, I don’t remember) and I said to myself “I’m done.” I was done with the anger, done with the wayRead full post »