Stop and Look at the Roses

The weather is dreary and gloomy, and I’m turning 40 in exactly eight months. Time to stop and look at the roses to cheer myself up. I volunteer at the Kelleher Rose Garden a few times each summer. Because it’s surrounded by tall hedges, it reminds me of one of my favorite children’s novels, The […]

September Events

I just returned from a lovely vacation in Maine. I attended an awesome wedding (Hooray for Dais and Az) and drank in lots of beautiful scenery at Acadia National Park. More on that later. Here are some September events of note: 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance I’m not sure if I knew that 9/11 […]

Top 10: Part 2

  So here is the long-awaited second segment of my top 10 birthday list items: 4. Age 36: Take a glassblowing class There are a few standouts from this year. But in the end, I’m going with the glassblowing class, because it was the biggest surprise. Mary and I arrived at Diablo Glass School early […]

Enjoy the Silence

  A few weeks ago, I went back to the monastic community that I visited last year. It was just as peaceful and restorative, if not more so, since I stayed longer this time. I volunteered in the garden again. This year, I picked strawberries and did lots of weeding in herb and garlic beds. […]

MLK Jr. Day of Service

  The MLK Jr. Day of Service is next Monday, on his birthday. Visit this site, plug in your zip code under “Find a Project,” and find a service opportunity near you. Volunteering on Monday will make a difference to people in your community and you will feel great in the process. It’s a win-win […]