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Allora…

Allora is one of my favorite words in Italian. There are many nuanced meanings for allora; I think of it as “and so…” It is often used in conversations as a transition or filler word when one is going from one thought to another, a […]

A Little Lift

Here we are staying at home as part of our state and country’s attempt to slow the spread of the corona virus. This will be a challenging time. We will need to be our best monastic selves, while finding creative ways to be social. I’ve […]

Sweet Therapy

One afternoon this week, as I was riding my emotional roller coaster through the daily policy pronouncements and health warnings, I read a text from a friend saying that at that particular moment, her husband was enjoying dunking a cookie in his tea. I liked […]

“Happy Birthday to You”

Reading the news these days can be scary. Staying informed about the coronavirus is important, but it is just as important to stay balanced and grounded. The question is “how?” Here’s my current plan:    1. Wash my hands often, singing two verses of “Happy […]

Homes Away from Home

  We have just returned home from a part of our country that we are now smitten with–Puerto Rico. Oh, my. We loved it– brightly colored houses, tropical food and cocktails, friendly people, lush vegetation, aqua sea, music coming out of every car and bar, […]

Island Time

This past week was a gift.  John and I had the privilege of joining family and friends for a week- long  catamaran trip through the British Virgin Islands.  We experienced fabulous food, new places to explore,  natural beauty, the excitement of wind in our sails […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this Valentine’s Day, I wish you love, health, and all good things.  And I share with you a thought from Mother Theresa: “Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love.”         […]

Pasta, Please

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” Federico Fellini The other night we met a friend at a local restaurant called Mezzaluna Pasteria and Mozzarella Bar (https://www.mezzalunapasteria.com.). Mamma mia–it was molto buono–with all the elements of a good night out. It was a Friday […]

Ah, Choices

In driving back from San Francisco this past Monday, I realized I had a choice. I could listen to the live impeachment hearings, and be informed. Or I could make a different choice and perhaps keep a healthier psychic balance. I chose the latter. We […]

Let’s Talk

Having dinner with friends is a joy, partially because talk flows freely and naturally.   Topics, though unpredictable, often include weather, news, health, sports, challenges, politics, good books, new restaurants in town, travel. There are seldom lulls because curiosity and the desire to connect keep conversations […]

Slow Could Be Best

* I began this year vowing to read more books. I was thinking “quantity.” Then I started reading a travel book about Italy and food and I just had to slow down. Why was I rushing through what was beautiful writing about topics I love? […]

My Saturday Sabbatical

This past week, I must have had writer’s block. Many themes, ideas and rough drafts emerged, but nothing seemed to come together in the right way at the right time for my traditional Saturday morning blog posting. I’m not sure what that was all about, […]

A Little of This, A Little of That

Our first day of 2020 included a walk on the grounds of a nearby monastery. As we walked over the snowy paths, noting little tracks of other critters who had visited there before us, I had ample opportunity to mull. What would I like to […]

This Time of Year

    During this interim week between Christmas and New Year, I like taking time to let everything settle, to be quiet, to reflect. I like to follow the advice of a quote I used with my students in a creative writing class I taught years […]

“Comfort and Joy”

‘Tis the season of many emotions. Certainly this time of year can bring joy. There are parties with family and friends, Christmas Carol sing-alongs, and, if you’re lucky, tuba concerts… really–just imagine 200-plus tubas playing “Silent Night” in the Rotunda of a state Capitol! But […]