Heading Off To Italy!

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, let me say that the last month or so has been a bear. Not only is this my busiest time of year working with students on their college essays, but this is also the very first time that I have helped coordinate a trip to Italy for 48…

A Calm Day

Hi friends, I have about 15 minutes before my next student so I thought I’d jump in and write my blog post for today. What to say?  Rachael’s little dog Hazel is asleep on the couch. The other dogs are upstairs with Ray. I am listening to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat…

Movies in the Morning; Students in the Afternoon

This morning I watched, “I Am Not Your Negro,” which is an amazing documentary featuring James Baldwin. This is a definite must-see for anyone who wants to gain more clarity on how racial issues in the U.S. started with slavery and continue today. It is hopeful in tone and challenges all of us to face…

Heading Off to Bed

We are back home in LA. It was tough to leave the orange grove since it was a perfect 70 degrees with a light breeze coming in from the ocean. The next several days are busy student days for me so I had to come home. I love the cooler weather. I can see the…

Up in Ojai at the Orange Grove

I am sitting in the “dining” section of our Airstream; Ray is reading on his computer in bed. We are listening to KUSC, the classical music station, which is playing Concertante in G by Domenico Cimarosa. (I looked this up to be sure.) It is lovely. The dogs are up on the bed with Ray….

A Day with Sarah & Gregorio and Our Grandkids

Today, Ray and I spent the afternoon and early evening with the Pacheco Beaty family out in Pasadena. First, we attended granddaughter Luna’s soccer game in La Canada/Flintridge where we had a light sprinkle of rain. Luckily, Gregorio brought the pop-up so we were all comfy and dry while Luna’s team, the Unicorns, ran up…

Instant Pot Magic With Boiled Eggs

I just want to go on record as saying that my Instant Pot produced the most beautiful boiled eggs that I have made in low these many years of boiling eggs. Plus, it was simple and easy. Below is the recipe and some photos of my perfect boiled eggs. I realize this is not earth-shattering…

A Moment with Rowan Williams

If you had ever told me that I would have the opportunity to spend several hours in the company of the Most Revd Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, I would have responded with an emphatic, “Impossible!” However, I can now see that impossible is not a word…

A Quick Update

Hi all, I am back in LA after a marathon of weddings – three in the past five weeks – in Mexico, Colorado and Texas. I have a zillion things I want/need to tell you about that have happened. Nothing huge – well, maybe one thing huge – but mainly important-to me things to share….