Through it all, there was a dog

Seven years ago, when my first marriage of fifteen years unexpectedly went belly up, I was involuntarily launched on what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. There are other names for this kind of experience. The writer Elizabeth Lesser calls it the Phoenix Process. Dante called it “the dark woods.” Whatever you call it, it’s […]

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Will Run for Korean

My dear friend, Gretchen, who we have sweetly dubbed Bro Bro, is a total foodie.  She is a total 5’2”, 100 pound foodie.  She’s hardcore.  She eats meat – pork, beef, rarely chicken and she eats fat, she eats noodles, pasta.  It is just not fair. I am a foodie.  I adore food.  I am […]

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Mama, the genie

My mama was SO organized.  She would alphabetize my spices, arrange my cupboards, fold my laundry.  Her closets were perfect, her cupboards enviable.  She had many talents and one of her best was her ability to sew.  From a young age, she sewed.  Into a young adult, she sewed for others.  Suits, dresses, baby clothes.  […]

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I still have two of your voicemails. Those voicemails riled me up when you left them. Marry that sweet man of yours! you told me. You loved Anthony the moment you met him. And why wouldn’t you? He exudes loving patience, something you had so little opportunity to experience in your life. Just drive to Vegas […]

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WORD

  A short and sweet blog for this beautiful Monday morning. For the last five years I’ve gotten into the habit of having a word of the year.  It started with my mama when she got hooked on the word “excellent”.  This 60+ year old woman hooked on a bohemian hippie term from surfer dudes, in […]

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What does a vulva and a flip turn have in common?

If you’ve never been to Z Space, you should go.  Z Space has been around for over 20 years and provides a small theater venue for artists and their audiences of all ages.  The theater has received numerous awards throughout the year, including voted best performance in 2012 by the San Francisco Bay Area Guardian.   Those […]

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No wetsuit? No problem!

I love to meet people that are highly intelligent and a little quirky (that’s a compliment).  Maybe I am hoping it will rub off.   When you put together this combination and then ask them about what they love above San Francisco, the answers are always enlightening. Take a friend of mine from Livermore, Guy.  Guy […]

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