The Changing Dreamscape

Ursula LeGuin wrote an amazing book called The Word for World is Forest back in 1972.  A friend gave it to me sometime in the 80s and it has haunted me ever since.  It’s something of an allegorical tale:  humans head off to exploit the fictional planet Athshe—to kill the men, rape the women, and … Continue reading The Changing Dreamscape

Janet vs The Barbarians

Written with my Thursday Writing Group with the prompts: Silver spoon, marked safe, no desire to join them, it hurts, out the door, an old guy in a dark suit and red tie, “step over here, little lady,” I don’t belong here, hey--how did you get in here?, back to the times, traffic moved along, the … Continue reading Janet vs The Barbarians

Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

New for 2019, along with flash fiction, poetry and crazy musings, I plan to also post book reviews!  I've been having fun posting reviews on Goodreads, and I decided it was time to share the wealth over here too.  Looking forward to hearing whether you agree with my picks, and what books you'd recommend as well. … Continue reading Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Kittens for Christmas

I wrote this a year ago when my cats were just babies.  They’re much more disciplined now—ha! I was sitting on the toilet a half hour ago, getting a clear view of the leather belt I slipped through my denim belt loops this morning, and I noticed it—kitten teeth marks on the end of my … Continue reading Kittens for Christmas

The Wind

Written with my Thursday night group.  The prompt was “the wind has to stop!”  But I interpreted it a bit differently. The wind has two stops. It curls down Alhambra Boulevard and stops near the corner of 29thand R Streets.  It greets the people waiting at the light rail station with the scent of the river, … Continue reading The Wind

Rally Etiquette

A few weeks ago I was at a political demonstration outside a government building.  I don't want to give specifics because it didn't go so well.  The people who organized the gathering were well-meaning, but perhaps they were novices.  There were few demonstrators there.  Arguments began to break out.  That's right, we were fighting among … Continue reading Rally Etiquette

Summer Solstice

I wrote this a year ago after a morning volunteering at the center that serves breakfast to low-income and homeless women and children.  The kitchen was being remodeled back then, so we were only offering coffee in paper cups and to-go items like fruit, wrapped cheese, and protein bars.  It was the week of the … Continue reading Summer Solstice

Say His Name

My home town Sacramento has been in the news more often than usual lately.  We received a lot of positive press when Greta Gerwig started filming her movies right here in our front yards.  The Oscar-nominated Ladybird, and her earlier work Frances Ha, both included scenes filmed right down the street from where I live!  … Continue reading Say His Name