Farewell for Now

The two-year-old is heading for an indefinite time-out, y’all. Go ahead, reach for your tissues now. I’ll wait. …waiting… OK then. Good to go? Back to it: Thanky will be on a hiatus for the foreseeable future. It’s not that she’s been bad, she just needs time to sort through things. I’ve likened Thanky to […]


You know those things that make us shift and squirm, feel uneasy and nervous? I feel like I’m finally learning to coexist with them. This used to be one. The mere thought of posting something before the end of each day for all the world to see (forgetting for a moment that that not even […]

The Final Countdown?

Tomorrow marks the last day of a daily writing expedition which has run for two years straight. And if I’m a woman of my [recent] word, tomorrow would be the end of Thanky as we know it. But now…now I’m not so sure. It’s like a breakup that you know doesn’t need to necessarily happen […]


“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” -George Burns Today is my birthday. I was born close to noon, so I like to think that explains my penchant for sleeping late. And since I tend to be more of a thinker than a talker, they have a way of always […]

Through the Years

There’s a framed, sepia-toned photograph hanging on the wall behind my monitor. “Racing at the Clarendon” is its title, and it was taken on the sands of Daytona Beach in 1922. Spectators are lined up along the boardwalk and can be seen viewing the festivities from out their hotel room windows. Cars — four of which are […]

What good shall I do this day?

“A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.” -Don DeLillo Do you do it? I do. I’m at my computer when I realize that I’m thirsty. A walk to the kitchen turns my attention to my feet. They’re cold. Time for socks. As I pull on my socks […]

Let’s date.

We all need to go on more dates. With ourselves. A woman on LinkedIn began a discussion in which she asked what advice her readers would give someone who’s trying to reinvent themselves. The answers were varied — some thoughtful, some semi-cliché. Some were vague (“think logically”) and some were rambling. One woman recommended the […]

Use caution.

He just wanted to turn left into a housing tract. But it was rush hour, and he had to get across three lanes of traffic first. I was in the middle lane and the light up ahead was red. My lane was backing up quickly, so I kept the intersection open and left a clear […]

The Good Hiccup

This was the first night in a few weeks’ time that I went for my nightly walk. I made the mistake of downloading a crime app a couple of months back, and since the time change there has been an unsettling number of robberies in the area — during normal (non-wee) hours. Only one of them […]

Seasonal Peace

The San Gabriel Mountains as well as others here in SoCal have been dusted with their first snow of the season, and our skies have been delightfully gray the past few days. Yesterday one section of the range was in the setting sun’s vibrant amber spotlight; the air was so clear and crisp that you’d […]