Beloved 3: The Garden in Redwood City

Which is to say, the garden at home.

Self has spent much time in it, the past few days. Here are pictures of two of her ‘most-grown.’


Superbowl Sunday 2018: Her First at Home in Three Years


Side Yard: This Viburnum was barely two feet high in 2015. Now, it’s almost as tall as the eaves.

Going to see Hostiles (Christian Bale! Rosamund Pike!) in a few.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

X Needs To Be Anywhere in the Word 2

This week’s Cee Neuner Fun Foto Challenge is: The Letter ‘X’

This is self’s second word using an ‘X.’

Her previous word was: Juxtaposition.

The word today is: Excellence.


Celebrating Something in Redwood City, California

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Variations on a Theme 3: Mendocino

Self has arrived. She even managed to secure rock star parking right in front of the Mendocino Art Center! She’s teaching a weekend workshop on Landscapes of the Mind.

Just south of Mendocino are the giant redwoods. Self pulled over to take a couple of shots for this year’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: VARIATIONS ON A THEME.

And there was this vine-draped house, just south of the Village of Mendocino. Greenery and redwoods, that’s what Mendocino is all about.


Private residence, just south of Mendocino, CA


Mid-Afternoon in the Redwood Forest near Mendocino, CA


It’s been a while since self has experienced the majesty of a redwood forest. Thankful these made it through the Northern California Wildfires, last October.

There was hardly any traffic, until the last 10 miles or so. That’s where you get the heartstopping views, but the narrow twists and turns demand maximum concentration (plus she is annoyed by the tailgaters, SUVs and jeeps mostly).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Variations on a Theme 2: The Garden in Redwood City

Been so long since self took pictures of her garden.

Since this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VARIATIONS ON A THEME, self wandered her backyard looking for appropriate subjects.

Here, her helleborus, having survived years of neglect (approx. three years) is nevertheless getting ready to bloom:


Helleborus, Last Week of January 2018


More Helleborus!

Just throwing this in: The deck is very weathered and obviously needs a lot of work. But — variations on a theme!


Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND: Mendocino Art Center, 27 & 28 January 2018

“You said on the phone the other day that you’re a teacher?”


“What subject do you teach?”

“Everything, pretty much.”

Exotics, by Callan Wink (Granta 128, Summer 2014)

This coming weekend, self is teaching.

A two-day writing workshop on just one subject: Landscapes.

Students will try their hand at writing only one thing: landscapes, both real and invented.

You do not need to be a tested writer, only a writer who is willing to be tested.

Thank you, Mendocino Art Center, for allowing self this opportunity.


  • A journey is more than just a movement through physical space. It is also movement through an emotional landscape. This writing workshop will be about journeys, both real and imagined: journeys of retrieval and nostalgia, as well as journeys of discovery. We’ll map emotions, moods, as well as physical space. We’ll do it all by sitting in one physical space. I’ll share my process with you. I’ll show you how.

Albion, California: January 2017

Stay tuned.

More 2017 Favorites: Big Year


Evening, Trafalgar Square, First Sunday of March 2017


Steep Hillside, One Cow: Albion, California, New Year’s 2017


Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA: January 2017


GLOW: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 18 October 2017

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

— Aaron Rose, The Daily Post

Other WordPress Glows:


Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, a panel on OFW during the 4th annual Filipino-American International Book Fair, October 2017


Approaching San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, September 2017


MacBook Air, Palo Alto, CA, Summer 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



Trump is rather disinterested in the raging wildfires that have wrought havoc on Northern California.

Fires started over a week ago.

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Thursday, 12 October, was cancelled due to “weather.”

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Friday, 13 October, was cancelled again due to “weather.”

Self learned from another passenger in the SFO United terminal that the cancellations began on Wednesday.

Son’s wedding was on Saturday, 14 October.

The only thing that saved her was: another of son’s friends, Alex Case, was in the United terminal, scheduled for the same 11 a.m. flight to Albuquerque. Somehow, we found each other (first sighting since son’s high school graduation and Alex had grown at least two feet), found an American Airlines flight to LAX, and then got another flight from there to Albuquerque, finally arriving 8:30 p.m., missing the rehearsal dinner.

But: she made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding!

Last night, she flew back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her seatmate said, “There’s still smoke.” We looked out at the darkness. Above the twinkling lights of the city was an area that was a different pall. And self thought: the firemen have been fighting since the fires started, over a week ago now. And the fires have only just started being contained.

Each fireman deserves a medal. A big fat gold medal.

Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day 2: 15 October 2017

Self has been enjoying participating in Cee Neuner’s Photo Challenges.

The Flower of the Day is happening through October.

For her second post on this Photo Challenge, here’s a close-up of one of the fading hydrangeas on her front porch:


Hydrangeas, Front Porch: October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Cee Neuner: Flower of the Day, 12 October 2017

For Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day photo prompt:

A shot of the Orinda Hills, last month, as self was leaving Bruns Amphitheatre after watching Measure for Measure:


Flowers in the photograph are teensy. She thinks those are penstemons.

Pray the California wildfires cease.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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