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Devastating Wine Country Fires

The fire is still raging throughout the wine country.  Today’s statistics on the toll that the fire has taken are mind numbing. 17 deaths from fires throughout Northern California 3,000 ruined homes and businesses 183 people still reported missing in Sonoma 17 active wildfires statewide have burned 115,000 acres. As of right now, the fierce blazes continue to


This list has been bouncing around the internet lately.  Coincidently, I’ve been working on improving my happiness quota this summer by focusing on many of the actions mentioned in the list, especially expressing gratitude and cultivating optimism.  After a week of foggy and cold San Francisco days, I thought it was the perfect time to

My Oh My How Time Flies

Hi there. I’ve missed you! Where does the time go? We’re officially in the last throws of summer. Have you noticed how time seems to speed up the older you get older? I remember as a child, there were days that dragged, like a rusty muffler on the bumper of a junk car. These days

My Urban Garden

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare As much as I love our house, from the start it was always about the garden. It hugs the house so it can be seen from every window, inviting you to step outside and enjoy it.It’s a southern facing garden, which means that the

The Busy Trap

“Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.” John Lennon We all get busy, especially around the holidays. We all have times when we glance at our calendar and wonder: “How am I going to get all of this done?” and then “How did I get myself so overcommitted in the first place?”

The Joy of Reinvention

My blog has been up and running for a year and a half. The experience has been amazing in so many ways! I would like to celebrate this milestone by highlighting my amazing readers. At the beginning, I was writing for my family and friends. Eager to share what I was doing and seeing, I

How Gratitude Works

“Thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton I usually feel grateful when some kindness exceeds my expectations and catches me off guard. Like when a friend sends flowers just to let me know that she is thinking of me or my daughter gives me

Coming Full Circle

My daughter Mallory’s new apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a drop dead view of the Manhattan skyline, the lower East River and the three magnificent bridges that connect the two boroughs: the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. On fine days, she commutes to work in mid-town by ferry, crossing under these magnificent architectural and engineering

Donald Trump, Our Reality TV Candidate

MONTHLY MUSINGS Love him, or hate him, Mr. Trump is the perfect reality-television star. In the various guilty-pleasure/train-wreck formats of reality TV, casting agents are looking for larger than life personalities, who speak their mind and don’t shy away from conflict. They reveal their character through conflict, and the bigger the character, the deeper the

As they fly the nest…

It turns out that the empty nest…what a lot of parents dread, isn’t half that bad. Sure I dreaded it at first. Its looming shadow is what motivated me to start this blog less than a year ago. During the first few weeks after the departure of our youngest daughter, I would find myself wandering