Hamilton in San Francisco – August 2019

I lucked out recently. My brother and his wife had arranged to see Hamilton in San Francisco with a Bay-area friend. When that friend announced that he was not going to be able to join them, his loss was my gain, as my brother generously offered me the ticket along with a plane ticket and hotel stay for… Read More »

McMenamins in McMinnville and Forest Grove, Oregon – July 2019

My fulltime-RVer friend Eileen and her two doggie-companions (Trax and Sally) came to visit for a long weekend in July. Being incredibly organized is a defining characteristic that we share, so these visits are usually completely planned well in advance. But due in large part to me being way too busy this year, we played this visit a… Read More »

Looking for a Good Book? Recommended Fiction.

I started this blog post in the form of a journal nearly 30 years ago. Later it became a web page, and then in 2015 I added it to this blog. I come back to edit this list from time to time 9and update the publish date each time). This is my list of recommended fiction, sorted by… Read More »

My Intolerance of Trump Supporters

I no longer have any patience for anyone who supports Trump. I’ve come to the point that if someone supports Trump, then they are either deeply misguided and uninformed, they are cruel, or they are just plain stupid. I would dearly love someone to talk me out of this.

Little Moments

This little pink paper crane — no doubt made from a Post-It, was given to me by an Uber driver about a year ago. His father had just died, and we spent the long drive from the airport talking about death and life and everything in between. We arrived at my house long before either one of us… Read More »

Heroes and Artists

I don’t agree with the heroization of entertainers, athletes, lucky survivors, and the strong-willed handicapped. If you’ve scored a bunch of touchdowns, performed in a great film, survived a devastating attack, or managed to walk despite the odds: that’s super! It’s fantastic, and in many cases it is even downright inspiring. But that does’t make you a hero.… Read More »

Creativity

Many people have the ember of a creative spark in them. This ember rarely is given a chance to catch and grow into a flame…

Why I Blog

On a spring day about a year ago, after urging another particularly eloquent friend to not give up on his blog, I realized that I hadn’t really answered for myself that question of why I keep a blog. Why do I write, and in particular why this blog? I’ve been mulling over this for over a year now, and here’s my answer: This blog is my legacy.

It Matters.

The world witnessed weekly and sometimes daily revelations of assault and rape in the #MeToo-drenched 2018, culminating in the horrific Kavanaugh hearing. During this disturbing time, I too often heard people shrug these stories away. Even if they believed them, they didn’t see the importance.

What’s in a name?

All through my adulthood, my name has nagged at me. It’s a nice name, but am I using it only because I was ordered to? It’s pretty, but is it mine? Is it really me?

Noticing the Wonder

About five years after we moved to our home in Beaverton, Oregon, and then for maybe 5 years after that, the tree just across the street was a starling tree. Hundreds and hundreds of the local starlings would congregate in this tree every afternoon in the spring and fall…

Coming to Terms with Alzheimer’s

When a loved-one’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s syndrome is still brand new, it is easy to get buried deep in denial. If you catch yourself saying “When this gets better…,” this is proof that you are being incredibly unrealistic and setting yourself up for a bad time. It will not get better or go away: things will only get worse and you just aren’t preparing for it.

1-minute Photo Improvement

Lately I’ve had a few projects that were dependent on photos that other people sent me. It has become pretty typical when I request photos that people send stuff that is, well, not so great.  You don’t have to be a pro or have a fancy camera to take a photo that can be used in print or… Read More »

Tips for the Solo Traveler

I travel 7-9 times per year, with 3-4 of those trips being international, and with 5 of those trips being for business. I’m not saying I am the wise-woman of travel, but I have learned a thing or two about traveling solo, and I’ll try to share some of that here.

Why I Facebook

I have some friends and family who don’t use Facebook, including a few who tend to look down their noses at those who do. This has led me into conversations in which I end up defending it. Now, I’m not talking about Facebook as a source for news: therein lies danger. If you learn about something on Facebook,… Read More »