calming down

July 17th, 2018


love calms us down

Try sleeping after a phone call in the middle of the night, no matter the type of call.  How to return to sleep? Continue reading “calming down” »

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life with drunk parents

July 10th, 2018

old school television had knobs

I made sure no friends were around when my father put on a green jumpsuit and locked himself up in his bedroom for hours with cheap beer, singing Bing Crosby Irish songs over and over. Continue reading “life with drunk parents” »

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June 12th, 2018

grandmother’s love transcends everything

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is a novel about a woman biologist, and she described a fact about trees that impressed me. Continue reading “taproot” »

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travel without

June 5th, 2018

life is worth the risk

Another dream recently came my way: I was traveling in Czechoslovakia, and discovered my bag wasn’t what I thought it was.  Continue reading “travel without” »

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travel without

April 24th, 2018

risk or fun?

Another dream came my way last night: I was traveling in Czechoslovakia and discovered that my bag wasn’t what I thought it was.  Continue reading “travel without” »

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nightmare interpretation

April 17th, 2018


we need to talk

Self discovery often means I work out my confusions while I sleep.  I dreamt a nightmare last night and woke up grateful that the dream wasn’t real, but wow, it did teach me something. Continue reading “nightmare interpretation” »

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choice yea or nae

April 10th, 2018


Last night’s weird dream about teaching kids I didn’t know in an unfamiliar class and an unfriendly place left me feeling frustrated.  Continue reading “choice yea or nae” »

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love and loss and more love

March 27th, 2018

I love Cookie

My twenty year-old grey cat breathed his last this early evening, and my adult son was instrumental in his peaceful passing. The veterinarian made a house call, and when euthanasia was performed, our outdoor cat was in his own backyard, resting on my son’s chest.  Continue reading “love and loss and more love” »

power of sleep

March 6th, 2018

we wonder why we can’t sleep

I recommend Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, a fascinating scientific book which explains the urgency of getting good sleep on a daily basis.  The New Science of Sleep and Dreams includes research from UC Berkeley’s Professor Matthew Walker and the scientific sleep research community. Continue reading “power of sleep” »

painting with encaustics

February 27th, 2018

wax pigment colors are so vivid

Imagine a crockpot filled with melted beeswax and Damar resin standing beside a warming plate with square tins of melting pigment colors, ranging from black to lemon yellow. Soft haiku brushes stiff with wax thaw in the pans. Two anodized aluminum plates heated from hotplates are surfaces where wax painting takes place. Continue reading “painting with encaustics” »

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