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

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The Musings of Marietta Mallard

This was written with my Thursday night writing group with the prompt, "Don't feed the ducks."  It should be noted that the photo above is of Joe Mallard, as his mate Marietta is rather camera shy.   Joe and Marietta Mallard were vacationing in Sacramento valley pools they caught sight of as they traversed the … Continue reading The Musings of Marietta Mallard

Breathing Just a Little

“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”  Mary Oliver I like to imagine that the breath goes everywhere in my body, not just into my lungs, and—hey, it’s just occurred to me—it does!!  I know this because I used to teach a very pared down simplified science lesson on the … Continue reading Breathing Just a Little

If I had to do it over again. . .

Hey, I just found this in my journal.  I remember writing it, but I don't remember when.  Guess it's time to set it free.  It's a bit of Matrix thinking! If I had it to do all over again, maybe I’d take the blue pill; I’d choose the illusion. I’ll get a job in a … Continue reading If I had to do it over again. . .

Blessings in Disguise

Wallowing in post-holiday exhaustion/annoyance/envy/loneliness yet paradoxically grateful to have some alone time, then BAM!--stunned by the unexpected yet unsurprising news that a good friend has died, and suddenly I am so damn sick of being accepting.   I think, who came up with this business where people routinely die, just disappear--the roles they played go … Continue reading Blessings in Disguise