My Damaged Car

My Damaged Car

My car was damaged in an accident. We attempt to drive carefully but even so, it happens. I was heading down a residential street in Ocean Beach and another car was making a u-turn. He had nearly completed his maneuver when I approached. Since he was stopped, I...
The Blessing of Christmas

The Blessing of Christmas

I love the sounds of Christmas music, the colorful lighting on houses around the neighborhood. Santa and reindeer, along with snowmen and deer, are lit up on people’s lawns. One street in our neighborhood attracts people from all over the city. Every house has moving...
Senior Travel

Senior Travel

My husband and I made 19 trips with a group called Road Scholar, a senior travel group that has adventures all over the world. We had a lot of fun adventures both together, and when I took a grandchild on one of their intergenerational trips. On five of those...
A Garnet Cross

A Garnet Cross

Years ago, on my 30th birthday, my grandmother presented me with a beautiful old cross made up of Bohemian garnets. Garnet is my birthstone. It was 150 years old according to the date on the back of the cross. I kept it in a safety deposit box as one jeweler told me...
A Tall Tale

A Tall Tale

Tomorrow I fly out to Asheville, North Carolina to attend another Road Scholar seminar. The topic is: The Women of Appalachia; Traditions, Stories, and Song. We will study the history of women in Appalachia, from the Cherokee to the early Scottish settlers. Centuries...
A Lonely Bird

A Lonely Bird

My husband loved birds. As a boy he raised a young red-tailed hawk as a pet. Its name was Beaky. Frank then graduated to pigeons and raised them at different times of his life. When we married and moved to Northern California he acquired a starting flock and then...