Not many people write an essay in their heads while standing at their kitchen stove. But such was the case in 2010, when I was cooking regularly for a dear friend who was very sick. So sick that I thought she would die any day. I measured, poured, stirred, simmered even as an essay simmered in my . . .
Books. One of my friends has a holiday tradition--she gives holiday books each Christmas. I was lucky enough to get one. But I also have one you can give for holiday gifts. It's called Gnome for Christmas and it's written by my dear friend, Diane Stringam Tolley, whose engaging writing I love. So . . .
This is the piece I was supposed to post the day i went to Maui, but I didn't get to go. That story is HERE. Now on to the riveting topic of packing for Maui. Or any island vacation. A fashion blogger I know posted a photo of herself camping last week. A photo in which she looked completely . . .
Some months ago ago I had reason to be in a discussion involving someone who had at one point in their life been a key player in an anti-establishment human rights movement. Time passed and while that person hadn't drawn the lucky gene card, they'd drawn another lucky card and leveraged it to high . . .
This has been one unholy bitch of a year. Bob Dylan comes to mind, as he does any time I have a bitch of a year, and there've been very few. Which is to say Dylan doesn't often come to mind any more, especially since that horrible concert I went to a couple years ago during which I couldn't make . . .
Hello to all my new Facebook friends! I'm happy to have so many likeminded new people in my life, especially since I've transitioned a few out recently. I mean, why cast my pearls before swine when I can be wearing my pearls along with thousands of others who ALSO wear pearls? Oh, I do love you . . .
This is a simple Thanksgiving prayer suitable for today's holiday. Wishing you all a wonderful day, despite the situation in our country. . . .
All things are sacred, nothing is sacred. ~Coyote medicine Maybe like me, you know people who take themselves VERY seriously. Maybe you voted for one. (Only kidding. I know you didn't. Right?) But what you may not know is that when we take ourselves too seriously, that's when Coyote can remind us . . .
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. or Ralph Waldo Emerson (or maybe no one important but it's still true)* Remember that adage look on the bright side? We're not used to looking for the gifts in bad situations. It's counter-intuitive, isn't it? When bad things . . .
It's women who seem to have had the biggest impact on the southwest and in Taos, it wasn't just the most famous, Mabel Dodge Lujan. The impact of socialite and style icon Meredith Rogers was a surprise, and went far beyond her amazing art collection. Her former home is now a museum and sits tucked . . .