Bread of Life

Bread comes in many forms, from flat almost tasteless crisps, manna, leftsa, matzoh, pita, …

Hiatus and Keeping Busy!

  Hiatus 5/31/2017 Curl up with a Book! Well readers and fans, please excuse the small delay in writing here again. I have once again, far too many irons in the fire and some days they all go up in flames! I also have had infrequent luck with posting here. I have a new website,…

El Nino

Today, it is raining. El Nino (the mean baby) has come to cry and make us all wet. While California is in dire need of rain, too much, too soon hurts. As evidenced by the poor Oroville Dam, eroding and collapsing, up north in the state, the Coldwater and Laurel Canyon mudslides, and people’s homes…

Things of the Earth-Part II

Beautiful portrayal of a fractured family, an invisible child, and how the little things really do matter in the end. Youth is sweet and Francis is a special boy who wants to please all and be love… Source: Things of the Earth-Part II

Things of the Earth-Part II

Beautiful portrayal of a fractured family, an invisible child, and how the little things really do matter in the end. Youth is sweet and Francis is a special boy who wants to please all and be loved. Yet his father is frustrated with him and often is missing in the boy’s life. Elise is a…

Book Review-Hope’s Peak

Hope’s Peak by Tony Healey My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a visceral and gritty murder novel. The author has a no-nonsense way of writing, not prosaic or flowery but from the gut. The characters are a little one-dimensional, not a lot of physical detail is given to them other than a phrase…

A Merry Little Christmas Now.

Christmas means many things to people. It is a time to gather as friends or family, to reunite and rekindle family moments. For some, it is a time to recall past holidays, the good and perhaps the odd times spent, (Yeah, like the year the cat knocked over the tree. Or the time C. burnt…

Winner, Winner, Not a Chicken Dinner

Well, there are 28 minutes left in November here. As of today, the National Novel Writing Month Challenge is over. 30 Days and 50,000 words is what you do, then submit it in time and there you are, a Winner. It is sort of a one-man race against yourself and thousands of others who make the attempt to…

Life among the sparrows

Ever since I began my series, Sparrow Wars in the Garden of Bliss, I have been more interested and fascinated by birds. I have always admired their colorful plumage, their songs and the seemingly playful ways they live. But the Sparrow, Ravens, and Crows have been an intricate part of the series as omens of…

Not laboring on Labor Day

Labor Day has always been a weird holiday, or a ‘not holiday’ for me. As a kid it meant school was imminent, summer was over, no fun, no days in the sun, and only work ahead. My family never did much for the holiday, usually it was an extra day to do yard or housework….

But is it art?

As a life-long artist, I have seen much, aspired to much, and done much. I have painted, sketched, stippled (until my hand almost fell off), pasteled, watercolored and still I love to experiment with new mediums. At one point in my life I argued with myself that I wasn’t a painter, my heart wasn’t in it. Yet people loved my work, which at times, kept me busy with small commissions. Yup, I did the trendy stuff too, painting murals, faux finishes in homes and on objects and furniture. I even painted a rock as a rock. Hm. It wasn’t really art to me, but something more like crafts. Still it was fun.

Remembering Bastille Day

  I recall spending Bastille Day in 1975 in a quaint town called St. Jean de Luz, (St. John the Baptist) France. I was an American student on a summer European tour, taking special courses in culture, history, language and anything French. I had spent the day at the beach, a rocky hot place redolent with…

July 4th-A Blast or not

Yup, it is official, Independence Day is here! I hope you are taking time to be with family and friends. I recall many past fun holidays, especially with cousins, up in Wyoming and Idaho. Picking cherries, corn, peaches and then going ‘home’ to make a feast-grilled corn, fruit pies, and hand-made ice cream. There would…