Aiden’s Grandfather

What can one say…

I was floored by my son’s request this morning.
It has been on my mind ever since. A heaviness in my heart.
I shared it with a couple of friends who were sympathetic.

These are the kinds of things that stop me in my tracks.


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Love more…

You just have to love a grocery store whose floral department has cool, handwritten signs like this one.  Thank you Zupan’s for this bit of loveliness on a rainy day in Portland! Continue reading “Love more…”

Danwei Canting~Beijing Cooking

This brilliant mural by Murphy Phelan sets the tone at Danwei Canting


My typical experience with Chinese restaurant food in America has been vegetables and meat swimming in a non-descript sauce. No matter what I ordered.  Even the egg dishes, the fried rice dishes or the noodle dishes all tasted the same.

Not much to write home about.

Needless to say, I was not one to seek out Chinese restaurants.

Until now…

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Take My Hand, We Will Walk

Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk, without thinking of arriving anywhere. Walk peacefully. Walk happily. Our walk is a peace walk. Our walk is a happiness walk. …

Source: Take My Hand, We Will Walk

Happy Valentine’s Day


Train yourself in doing good
that lasts and brings happiness.
Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,
and a mind of boundless love.  ~Buddha



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Life is short…

When I was a child the days were endless. Life seemed to stretch forever.

I could hardly wait to start high school, wear makeup, drive, be on my own.

Now decades later, time is  flying past.  The days are never long enough. The years whiz  by.

Although I remember lots of things from my life, in general the past often feels like a blur.

It’s funny what we do remember.

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Shabbat Shalom, y’all!

Growing up in the American South, I did not experience other religions first hand. Continue reading “Shabbat Shalom, y’all!”

Thank You Mary Tyler Moore

On January 5, 2016, I published a tongue in cheek post:

Faking It With Mary Tyler Moore

Now a year later, Mary Tyler Moore is dead.

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