In 2012 my husband and son had the great honor and pleasure of meeting with and filming zen master, global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh in conversation with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and old friend. They spoke about their common work for peace, the powers of love and gratefulness, freedom and the search for happiness, among other things. The young monks of Plum Village added their personal stories and the effect practicing mindfulness has had on their lives.

May Thich Nhat Hanh’s memory and teachings continue to inspire us
all the days of our lives.

The following quotes are a few of my favorites. Please feel free to share yours too…

When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight. Continue reading

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LAST (99) WORD (S) for ’21

Sanskrit translation:

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.


As it often happens when I choose a random animal subject from my photo library, it offers a message that strikes home. In this case Ram represents boldness, new beginnings, Continue reading

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MULTIPLE CHOICE – Fillings for your fortuneless cookie

What do you do when this happens?

Empty the Continue reading

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POISON(ed) IVY – A Macabre All Hallows Tale

WARNING: This is not my usual punny Halloween vignette. Why? You’ll see…

Pale webs of blue veins, barely visible beneath their translucent skin, resemble a roadmap. Dead end alleys lead to narrow lanes, spill into broad streets, and widen into main thoroughfares.  

The thoroughfare, in Ivy’s case at least, pulses with life. But just barely.

The interlacing design mirrors the fine, bone china tableware her father had shipped home from Denmark while on a business trip when she was nine. He said the pattern, Blue Fluted Royal Copenhagen, reminded him of her, his most precious child.

“How so?” she asked, wrapping her Continue reading

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MOONSCAPE – A Dose of Nonsense

When you were a kid, did anyone ever stare up at the sky and refer to a crescent moon as God’s toenail clipping?

Or suggest to you the moon is made of green cheese?
I could understand swiss cheese. Maybe.
But roqufort?

On evenings when the moon was full, did anyone ever point out the pocked face of a man and comment on how he was watching you?


Besides the peeping-tom heebie-jeebie effect, what Continue reading

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…we are all that is, was, and ever shall be

gas, liquid, solid
bustling atoms bond,
breeding beings of 
breath, blood, bone



a convergence of matter = a mass 

of varied shapes, colors, sizes
furred, feathered, scaled,
petaled, prickly,


we inhale
O2, CO2, H2O depending on our species

we exhale
vapour-trails stream from every bark, roar, tweet, yawn Continue reading



Last summer, teacher, mentor, and writer Greg Pattridge reviewed a newly released adventure story by the then 12-year-old Amy Zhao on his middle grade book based blog Always In The Middle

In Greg’s words: “When I do dip into fantasy and magical realism, I hope for a unique plot with engaging characters, wildly imagined worlds, and a few crazy

creatures thrown in to spice things up. I got all three with THE LEGENDS OF PINENA-INVASION OF THE ALIENS.”

Intrigued further by Greg’s complete review and the fact that this was Amy’s latest book (yes…you read that right. Between the ages of 8 and 12 she had authored 4 adventure novels. Not to mention, also illustrating their covers) I immediately purchased the book. Honestly, it was Continue reading

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Every writer has their own modus operandi when they begin a new project. Since my artistic abilities are rather lacking, I like to create a vision board. I browse magazines, scavenge for items in nature, snap photos, rifle through old family albums, and clip words of inspiration to pin to a wall in MY SPACE.

The somewhat odd collection reflects the setting, the mood, and circumstances that influence my cast of characters.  A glance at the wall motivates me during the dry spells or keeps me going when I’m on a roll.

I am not a plotter, not yet anyway, so I need all the help I can get. Although Continue reading

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JOE DOG and LOLLIPOP – A Pandemic Memory

JOE! Continue reading

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If you’ve got a middle-grader or teen at home (or if you’re a teacher, librarian, or mentor), this year’s virtual BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL has 8 bold FREE events that’ll rock their world and empower them. The adult program rocks too…

You may Register HERE
❤ Be well ❤

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