Category Archives: Happiness

I Won’t Back Down

You know, really?! I am for all intents and purposes, 56 years old. Yet today, I was at such a loss for words that all I could say….ok scream…was “asshole” to an old man wearing black spandex biking shorts and … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

  A little late, but I was reminded to share this when I took my 78-year-old father, my 89-year-old father-in-law and my 22-month-old grandson to visit Helen and Cesar at the National Memorial. I mentioned to my mom as we … Continue reading

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There are a number of times, perhaps in the hundreds that I have heard or read we all have a soundtrack to our lives and that when we hear certain songs we are immediately transported to a place and time … Continue reading

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I went for a walk, as usual, today.  The late afternoon, pre-dusk hours are magical time on our Sacramento levee .  Sure there are thousands of little gnats that drive you crazy and so many dogs that you literally need a … Continue reading

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Good bye Nashville

Note: I originally wrote this on May 1, 2016. I published it incorrectly and well… Here it is. I don’t know, but I’m feeling really melancholy about leaving Nashville today.  Ok maybe it the 16 ounces of Kirin I just … Continue reading

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It’s a Yearly Event

A few years ago my sister, Lennie was introduced to a man that all of us who have ever lived in a small town wondered, how is that they never met before?  They started dating, and fell in love. Yeah that … Continue reading

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Impassable at High Tide? Wait, what?

This time of year is usually marked by a long backpacking trip with my fellow hiker chicks across some portion of the John Muir Trail.  We started this quest about three years ago and were progressing nicely through our goal … Continue reading

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Originally written in November of 2010; five years before I myself became a grandmother (His Name is Avi).  And now, all I can think of is Gregoria.   I lay under the pillows as still as I could.  She would … Continue reading

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Happy Last Birthday, FDO!

In my house (and sometimes in my sister’s house) I tell people that they can only have birthday-days until the birth of their first child…then the celebrations belong to the new person, and the old person has no more birthdays. … Continue reading

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Is it Wrong to Sing Red River Valley Aloud in a Movie Theater?

We walked into the movie theater just before the start of the movie WILD. We sat behind a man, an elderly woman wearing headphones to help her hear the movie and a younger woman. I assumed the elderly woman was … Continue reading

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