Several years ago I met someone online whose empathy helped me with the daily tribulations that accompanied my husband’s illness and, ultimately, his death. I appreciated his friendship and looked forward to exchanging emails with him. Unfortunately, it turned out that his empathy was not without self-interest. Little […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
Listen up, media people. We want more women in our entertainment. Young women, old women, middle-aged women, gay, straight, and transgender women. We want to see people like ourselves. We want to see our mothers and grandmothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, cousins, and nieces. We want them beautiful, plain, […]
I am too tired even to reply to my roommate’s astonishment that I am awake at 7:30 in the morning. She had greeted me briefly after she came home from work yesterday, just before she asked me to put her laundry in the dryer and went out to celebrate Cinco […]
One of the perks of walking around the city is that I see some things that you would probably miss when driving by. You would miss the lovely flower boxes, sculptures in unexpected places, welcoming outdoor restaurant seating arrangements, and murals. Lots and lots of murals. I have posted […]
When there is assonance in poetry, it means there is a resemblance in the sounds of two words, but only a partial rhyme; usually the vowels rhyme but not the final syllables. Examples are penitent and reticence, or time and light. When I tried to explain assonance to my children […]
Today I enjoyed a delightful walk with my sister by Lake Cunningham in San Jose, California. We saw lots of lovely birds and ducks and one lizard that stayed long enough to have his photo taken. I have tried to name the birds as best I can, but […]