The healing Sands

One lovely thing about our annual January sojourn in the desert is the sense of being unplugged from all responsibilities, worries, and the sense that something must be accomplished. At the end of the day here, rather than looking for done tasks, I just think about the lovely and unusual experiences of the day.  But […]

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In the Company of the Chamberlin Women: Part One

The four of us stood on the San Luis Pier and looked out at the glistening sea. Not a cloud was in the sky. The sun warmed our faces, but a brisk wind encouraged us to pull our jackets closer and huddle together. This was the first stop of the Chamberlin women’s weekend getaway.  It […]

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Giving Thanks in 2020

After a very warm October and November, fall seems to have truly arrived in Southern California. Today there is a crisp wind, bright trees in autumn shades, and clear blue skies. Soon Thanksgiving will be here, and like everything else in 2020, it will be different. Looking out on our serene valley, it is easy […]

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Election Night

By the time you read this, the election will (hopefully) be settled and those of us who suffered from election traumatic stress disorder will be on the road to recovery. This moment of peace made me think long and hard about what is real and what is not …  It’s 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, […]

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Searching For Distraction

I’ll be honest here: I’m ready to leave the planet—at least until after the election—so I am purposefully searching for distraction.  Last evening, our neighbor Dave asked John if he was scared. It seems that Dave turns on the news when arising and goes to bed with it. John suggested accompanying this diet with wine. […]

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The True Parable of the Three Girls and the Tsunami

When I was around twelve, I was swimming at Zuma Beach. Zuma Beach is just north of Malibu and is known for having unruly and large surf. On this day, my friends Martha, Barbara, and I were far out from shore, diving under the waves. I recall watching as big waves with foamy indigo crests […]

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In the Garden

Even though it is always curled in the back of our minds as a little knot of anxiety, I am not going to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, maybe just a little … If you are like me, you are up to your eyeballs in breaking information, including political dithering, self-isolation advice, closures and shortages, dire […]

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Good News or Bad News?

I know I’m a dinosaur, but I get a print newspaper daily. Yes, the news is sometimes hours old and maybe a bit stale, but when I open my LA Times, I can filter what is going into my head. Yesterday, I turned to the front page and noticed every article was either scary or […]

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Christmas Carols!

Marcy Mary and I thank our friend Lois Eastman for sharing her doxie Christmas carols with you on this week’s blog. Even though these carols are about Christmas, dachshunds come from all backgrounds, and no matter how you spend this time of year, Marcy Mary sends you happy wishes for a wonderful season!  Lois, take it […]

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Meet Cali: Our Newest Family Member

The invitation was for dinner and a “surprise.” We approached the front door of our son Chris and his wife, Marlene’s, home and heard an unusual sound—barking!  “They did it!” I said to my husband, John, excitedly.  “Finally,” he responded with feeling.  The door opened, and running excitedly around the whole family’s feet was Cali, […]

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