Category Archives: True Story

An Unlikely Roommate

The other day I noticed something pressed against the base of a credenza in my dining room. Taking a close look I saw it was a lizard. Not a small dark green one, a 12 inch yellow lizard with black stripes, very snake-like. Now what?! I tried to gently nudge it in hopes of getting […]

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Find Your Chocolate

What I know is the more I do, the more time I have and the more I get done. My keyboard (piano) has sat dormant for days that turned into weeks that turned into months that turned into years. One day I said I want to play again, or shall I say “learn” as I […]

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Community…Doing What We Can

What I know for sure is when a door closes, another one opens. It’s easier if we work together. About a month ago a neighbor was about to enter the freeway near the University of Southern California. She saw something on the ground and thought it was a small cat or possum. She got closer […]

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Scammed or Anything for Love?

I have a neighbor who is my “go to guy” for questions about things that go wrong at my house, recommendations for repair people, and for interesting and honest perspectives on just about anything. He’s a seasoned, intelligent, informed man and I’m lucky to have him as a friend and neighbor. One day as I […]

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The Deep Work

I love watching sports. It’s so inspiring to see the results of athletes that have spent their lives training to get to the top of their game. As I was watching the Super Bowl a few weeks ago there were numerous players that created memorable moments on the field. Those moments will be replayed for […]

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It’s the Not Knowing That Holds Me Back

Last week a pipe burst in my front yard. I happened to be outside at the exact moment and saw the water bubbling up from the ground through a lawn made of rocks rather than grass. It was three o’clock in the afternoon and I immediately called a plumber. I have a few local companies […]

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Coping Mechanism or Habit?

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day, I’ve learned I’m in control of my desires, compulsions, and impulses. It’s up to me to make good choices. True Story: In a recent episode of the television show, This Is Us, the characters, Randall and Beth, a married couple, were in conflict about […]

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What Is It You Want?

I can have it, anything I want. All I have to do is know what it is I want. True Story: My neighbor recently lost her husband of nearly 50 years to cancer. We have been neighbors for 16 years and have never had a real connection until now. When I say “real” I mean […]

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Treasured Moments_2017

During the holiday season I take a minute to appreciate the special moments in my life that cause me to pause and smile. ~ My niece, Emily, holding a frog on July 4th in Milwaukee with her red white and blue finger nails ~ Family of Canadian geese on a Los Angeles golf course ~ […]

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More Grief, Where Will I Put It?

Anya, my dog, and I were out for our daily afternoon walk in the hills of our neighborhood. We usually take the same route as she likes the routine and often leads the way. As we walked by one of the houses set higher on the hill, we saw the ivy beneath the house move […]

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