WHAT IS CONTINUALLY UNDONE IN MY LIFE?

For young mothers, it’s pretty obvious what stays undone in their lives. Keeping up with energetic, curious toddlers, and perhaps having a husband whose mother failed at teaching him what a laundry hamper is for, can be exhausting, if not downright infuriating, until Moms finally just give up. At this … Read more…

Red Alert! The Parker House Has Activity!

And I don’t mean Santa Claus. Shiny noses. And I don’t mean Rudolph! Calling all FOMO private investigators. Report to your stations! Report to your stations! Hurry, stuff is going down at the Parker house. Just as one of your known clients showed up in front of my house to … Read more…

What I Have Overcome to Be a Writer

Limitations I’ve had to overcome to reach my desired writing life include the physical and emotional. Some people we call “fortunate” face few, if any, obstacles in this earthly life. I am one of the many for whom “few obstacles” doesn’t seem to apply. From the day I was born, … Read more…

I Don’t Want to Be Tone-Deaf But….

Not to write about the tragedies befalling this nation and the vicious forces tearing it apart would seem tone-deaf, and we have too much of that already in this world. By that, I mean too many people are grossly insensitive to the impact their remarks will have on a specific … Read more…

A Murder of Crows

Many of us know they’re called a Murder of Crows and not a flock (unless you’re an ornithologist), and certainly not an Exaltation, as of Larks. This came from poetic license back in the 15th century. Walking in our neighborhood is usually a beautiful experience, even when we can’t go … Read more…

Against Critical Race Theory or CRT

Critical Race Theory is trying to fix long-standing problems in society but is going about it all wrong and beware — of course, it has its own Marxist agenda! Here is the link to the California Department of Education and to the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Other links are on … Read more…

Many Pet Food Brands in Short Supply

Having only one cat shouting in my face these days is a good thing because Lucky is really ticked off that I no longer bring home the canned cat food he likes! My mischievous but normally polite grey Abyssinian has been indignant and irritable, for over a month now. I’ve … Read more…

Why Can’t People See What’s Happening in Our Neighborhood?

Any first year Psychology student could quickly figure out what’s going on with parts of our neighborhood. People are so full of anger and frustration right now. They’re angry about Covid-19, punitive and illogical lockdowns, Assembly Bill 5, loss of the family business, loss of freelancer work, loss of income, … Read more…

We Train Other People How to Treat Us Badly

It took me a long time to grasp the fact that for years on end I’d been teaching other people exactly how to treat me. Their rotten and abusive treatment literally continued for decades because I’d taught them that I wouldn’t fight back! So they kept right on kicking dirt … Read more…

Recommended Reading for Those with Itchy Fingers

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark is a classic that began a new genre. This novel was sometimes called the first modern western novel because it doesn’t rely on formulaic stories. Many readers were, and are, startled by its philosophical depth. But even those people who aren’t deep … Read more…