The fires here in Ventura County and adjoining Santa Barbara still rage. The fire consumed 265,000 acres with 40% containment this morning. However, the fire has redirected to the city of Montecito which is now under evacuation. Hundreds lost homes, property, and pets. People remark those city icons and landmarks they've loved are no longer… Continue reading How A Community Can Help in a Crisis
In preparation for our Thanksgiving gathering, we moved the living room sofa out, rearranged the coffee table and other stuff and fit in three tables so we could be all together in one room. Halloween used to be one of the top holidays around my house until the kids grew up and moved out. Now, there… Continue reading How Do We Go Through Disappointments and Still Be Grateful?
One day the mulch covered the ground, dense and moist, an earthy covering for a new garden. Today, weeds sprouted everywhere. This seemed like an allegory of recent life. Dirt under fingernails, the smell of damp earth, I pulled on shallow roots, plucked them with ease, until one pricked my fingers. Ouch. Microscopic spines lost… Continue reading A New Garden of Hope Restores
I woke to sunlight creeping through my bathroom windows. Unusual, since the last month has been grey days of coastal overcast. More unusual since June in our parts is called June Gloom. It dawned on me (no pun intended) we are quickly approaching the middle of the year. Almost half of 2015 is gone. Yikes.… Continue reading Why Looking Ahead is Better than Falling Behind