Heading Over the Rainbow

Writer’s Brain I don’t know about other writers, but if I spend too much time researching, reading, recharging, or goofing off rather than tapping away at my keyboard doing actual writing, I get as agitated and depressed as a Kansas farm girl watching her balloon-ride home drift away into the heavens.  This is my state… Continue reading Heading Over the Rainbow

Part IV: In The New Year

Photo Above: While strolling through the Liberty Station Arts District around Christmastime, Hubby & I, along with Dear Daughter and Boyfriend, stepped into La Galleria. I turned to Hubby and said, “If you ever want to buy me a gift, anything in this shop will do.” You can check out some of their offerings on… Continue reading Part IV: In The New Year

Part III: In The New Year

Photo above: This is a walking bridge in Mission Trails Park where my husband and I have been hiking over the past year. We’ve ALMOST completed our goal of covering every single trail in the park. 65 MILES of trails covering 7,000 acres. I have one more of the five peaks to climb, while hubby… Continue reading Part III: In The New Year

Part II: In The New Year

Photo above: My first read of the new year was Good Faith, a 2003 book written by the fabulous Jane Smiley. Written in first person and set in the 1980s just as the inflation and recession ended and America was poised to surge into the deregulated 80s, Good Faith tells the story of a small-town… Continue reading Part II: In The New Year

Simplicity, Luxury, Refinement

This morning, I grabbed my usual cup of coffee and my current read, and headed out to the balcony. This is how I start my days, with coffee and books and music. Today I cued up a playlist of opera arias and visited the English countryside with Wilkie Collins’s mystery novel, The Woman In White. … Continue reading Simplicity, Luxury, Refinement

Success: What is it Good For?

Coffee in the Morning

I’ve been thinking about success a lot these days–what it means, what happens if you fail, what happens if you don’t fail. Is the journey really the point, or are we just making ourselves feel better about our failures when we invoke the journey? Is it better to aim high and land somewhere south of… Continue reading Success: What is it Good For?