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A Winter Wish for You

December 24, 2021

  Winter, the quiet season, has arrived. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the current festivities, winter is a time for shorter days, staying indoors and quiet contemplation. It is a season that offers us an opportunity to look back on where we’ve been and to look forward to all the possibilities held in the […]

A Month By Any Other Number

November 27, 2021

“Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.” “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero     My second language is Italian. Not long ago I was helping another native English speaker begin their own Italian language-learning […]

FM Signals

September 23, 2021

“Suddenly summer’s work is over and whatever trials there were are done with. My heart is light… I am standing in a new-minted world, summer folded away like a rose pressed in a book.” ~ Gladys Taber, “Fall”, Stillmeadow Sampler, 1959     The fall season has arrived with its promise of cool, crisp weather, […]

Girl Group

July 23, 2021

“Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower. Dream your dream to the sky and it will bring you your beloved.” ~ Khalil Gibran The photo above is of the orchid blooms that greet me each morning when I come into the kitchen. The plant was a gift from a friend several […]

Keep it Simple

June 7, 2021

“Walked out this morning Don’t believe what I saw Hundred billion bottles Washed up on the shore Seems I’m not alone in being alone Hundred billion castaways Looking for a home” ~ From “Message in a Bottle” (1979) by the Police I recently heard “Message in a Bottle” the classic 1979 song by The Police, […]


May 2, 2021

“The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward, like everybody else.” ~ Umberto Eco     There is a Los Angeles Italia Film Festival that annually showcases Italian films at a local theater. As with other events during the past couple of years, pandemic concerns and limitations […]

Spring in My Step

March 29, 2021

And the Spring arose on the garden fair, And the Spirit of Love fell everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest… ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant” 1820     Several days ago I received a vaccination against COVID-19. The subsequent intense and uncomfortable […]

“I’m not a cat”

February 17, 2021

“Nothing like a little judicious levity.” ~ From The Wrong Box, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne (1889) By now, most of you have probably seen the short video of a lawyer accidentally visually represented as a cat during a courtroom hearing via Zoom. Usually, when I come upon an amusing video clip such […]

Loss, Renewal, Hope

January 28, 2021

“I…I’m a new day rising. I’m a brand new sky To hang the stars upon tonight.” ~From “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters (One by One, 2002)   Just before 2020 became 2021, a friend of over 25 years passed away due to COVID-19. I had just seen him, along with his wife Sharon, less […]

The Longest Night

December 21, 2020

“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” ~ Dolly Parton Happy Winter Solstice! It’s officially winter, the quiet season. In spite of the vaccine beginning to roll out, we are in the middle of a peak in this pandemic, so harmonizing […]