Happy Birthday

Walter is his neighbor; he lives a few doors down. There are two others in between them and even more in the general vicinity, but Walter has always been my favorite because they share the same birthday. It certainly isn’t because they knew each other (they didn’t), nor because they passed away on the same […]

The Beauty in Loss

One month ago, a relatively routine trip to the vet took a difficult turn. I dropped Tayo off for bloodwork and headed into the office. That same evening, I said goodbye to him. Exactly one year earlier, he’d gotten his tail kicked in what must’ve been the cat fight to end all cat fights. Ever […]


“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 […]

Here we go.

It’s that time of year again. With the beginning of December and all things festive comes the annual year-end trip to New York City. Le sigh. Each of my three employers over the last eight years has had a reason for such a trip. And while you’d think I’d enjoy the The Empire State around […]

Cheesecloth and Food Coloring

We put our heads together today and got creative. Literally. All of our agency’s employees were divided into teams and given a Styrofoam head to bedazzle, decorate, make gory, etc. If you’d have told me a week ago that I’d be getting my hands dirty not with front yard soil but with red food coloring (blood), cheesecloth (mummy […]

Lawn Surgery

A water leak resulted in the casa’s front yard being dug up today. OK, not the whole yard, but a house-to-sidewalk trench almost two feet deep. After nine hours, the scarred landscape was put back together. The yard took on a Frankenstein appearance, its battle wound quite visible. Crabgrass stitches held the lawn together, dirt […]

Change your homepage.

Today is one of those days that feels extra heavy — I think it’s the abundance of soul-depleting news headlines that I’ve read. I often try to find a decent, all-good news site to hunker down in for a while, but my homepage is set to iGoogle, complete with a clump of shocking blurbs in the lower […]


I’ve been really good about my water and fruit intake lately, and it’s been showing in my skin. This morning I was marveling at its clarity; it was dewy, almost glowing. I say this not to sound smug, but because it wasn’t until after 35 that my skin really began to improve — so I’ve […]


In the middle of Anaheim there’s a beautiful home which sits on such a massive piece of land, you’d swear they owned horses. I think they used to, actually, but no longer. The house is wood siding and brick, the former painted a lovely shade of pale yellow. Its detached garage looks like a miniature […]