Martin Buber

I am uneasy these days.  Uneasy about my life, my country, the world.  Continue reading “Martin Buber”

Making a Mark…


It is a parent’s prerogative, nay, obligation to be the source of corny but sweet stories about their children.

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Meet Me at XICO!


The Oregonian names XICO  as one of Portland’s best restaurants for 2016.

The Oregonian names XICO  2015 “Cuisine of the Year!”

The Oregonian names XICO 2014 to the list of top 10 Portland restaurant bars: Bar Tab

The Oregonian names XICO’s trout pozole as one of Portland’s top ten dishes in 2013.

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Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese

“But when from a long distant past, nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remained poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering , in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”   excerpt from Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. Continue reading “Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese”

A Little Time for Me

“Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.  Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”  Francis de Sales

It is Saturday night and I am alone for the evening at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, Washington north of Seattle.

I could have gone to dinner in Seattle with family.

However, I chose an evening of solitude.

My family was concerned that I was sad or down but really I just wanted to have an evening to refresh and renew my spirit after my long drive from Whistler, B.C. to Seattle.

I ordered dinner from room service and tuned into the movie “Sex & the City”.
I was lazy and indulgent.  It was just what I needed.wp-1474664786272.jpg

I realized early in my adult life that I need equal parts down time to balance the busy, involved times. I believe that the need for down time grows as I grow older.

The next morning I thanked my family for not resenting my need to “opt out” for the evening. Their empathy and love were true gifts.

To be able to take time out and not feel guilty was my gift to myself.


Comfort Ye My People

Seeking serenity… Continue reading “Comfort Ye My People”

Dire Straits

It seems to me that we are in dire straits… Continue reading “Dire Straits”

Way to go!

It’s Friday afternoon.

I am hot thanks to 100º weather. Continue reading “Way to go!”

Miss Marjorie Fay



When  I struggle with phrasing, expressing my thoughts, or finding the right word, I call on Miss Marjorie Fay. Continue reading “Miss Marjorie Fay”

Works for me!

Happy Sunday from Cuchara, Colorado!

Sign at the general store in Cuchara, Colorado. A place of peace and quiet.