The Most Intimate Moment

Studying the woman at the bar, I was shocked she’d ask me such a personal question. After all, we’d just met. I was waiting for my girlfriend to arrive at the Los Altos Grill when this stranger plopped herself on the barstool next to mine. And, as women do, we began to chat about kids, being single parents, and making it in this world without a partner. We barely got to exchanging names when she hit me with a zinger.

“When was the last time […]

Developing New Habits

In my youth, I saw a cartoon of a woman sitting on a couch explaining to her husband why she hadn’t done anything all day. Her excuse was she was depressed and didn’t know why. The parody was related to that age-old excuse: a woman’s cycle. Since I can’t use that same pretext for my current doldrums (my plumbing dried up years ago), I can blame Covid-19—and blame I will!

The pain of this pandemic—with its lockdowns, broken economy, and all the precautions we must […]

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    What do I know – about preparing a living trust for those we leave behind.

What do I know – about preparing a living trust for those we leave behind.

When was the last time you looked at your will or living trust. We often do them once, then forget about them. But the truth is we should review them every 5-8 years. The person you put in charge back then may not be the right person now. Do you have too many cooks in the kitchen over seeing your estate (meaning are all your children executors), or one main chef?

In this episode, I talk about a new way to prepare this special document […]

Jack(ie) of all Trades

As I jumped from an art project to my computer, then off to do laundry only to circle back to the art table again, I noticed my dad peering at me sideways, studying my comings and goings. Wondering what he was thinking, I asked, “You look deep in thought. What’s on your mind?”

The year was 2012, and I’d been caring for him since my mother’s passing 9 years before. Crippled, he spent most of his days sequestered to his frayed recliner, eyes closed. But […]

The Art of Cheerleading

As I came off the basketball court, I heard someone sneer, “Cheerleaders! What a bunch of losers.” Never one to back down from a fight with my three brothers, I took umbrage and went face-to-face with this dweeb, a pimply-faced sixteen-year-old boy.

“It takes talent and a lot of energy to get out there and do what we do! It’s a sport just like any other.”

Stepping away from me, either because I was in his personal space or, perhaps, because he noticed my fisted left […]

The Shadow Side

As I listened to the latest news swirling around Washington, I sighed. Since 2016, my head and heart have suffered over all the arguing and nasty comments, as well as the direction our country is going. Turning off the TV and heading for a glass of wine to calm down, I began to think, Perhaps there’s something good to be found in having Trump as our president.

 Please, before you jump up and down to scream at me or to cheer me on for my […]