Favorite Place 4: Backyard

Cares do not exist in a garden.

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Euphorbia, 23 March 2018

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Viburnum, early March 2018

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Japanese anemone, early March 2018

Home for the weekend.

Redwood City March For Our Lives will be a big one. Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

Stay tuned.

Out of This World 2: The Garden

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Stepping into her garden is like stepping into another world.

There are six steps from the back door to the ground. Self took the first picture standing on the top step.

The garden is rectangular in shape. To the left is a small courtyard that she bricked over, about 20 years ago. She used to have an apple tree there. It died. She used to have geraniums and camellias. All gone. There is one wee clematis that she remembers planting three years ago. A few weeks ago, it started to put out green shoots. Every day since then, it has put out more and more leaves.

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Backyard, 2 March 2018

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

WSJ: Saturday/Sunday, Feb. 3 – 4, 2018

Top Headline: Memo Fuels Fight on Russia Probe

Graph: Markets Shudder on Inflation Signs

Other Page 1:

  • Fed Orders Wells Fargo to Change Board
  • Ice Dancing Has a Problem: There Aren’t Enough Men
  • Nigeria Brought Back Its Girls; Now Comes the Hard Part

Such a moment we are all living in.

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?”

“Yes.”

“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.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

  • 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.
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Albion, California: January 2017

Stay tuned.

Ambience 2: Mendocino, January 2017

  • Things like light, temperature, smell, sound, and sometimes taste, all work together to create ambience.

— Jeff Golenski, The Daily Post

Back in Mendocino for Second Saturday, which was last night. Self didn’t get much sleep the night before, so the last 60 miles to the coast were harrowing. But she made it!

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Mendocino Hotel, Main Street, Mendocino

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Winter Fog, Mendocino This Morning

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Water Tower, Albion Street, Mendocino Village

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

5 a.m.: The Return of the Helpless Screechers

These girls next door never quit!

The laughter comes in waves. The current laughing cycle began at 5:50 a.m. or thereabouts.

Self peers out her apartment window, sees one lighted window in the building next door, and it’s on the side facing hers. She wouldn’t mind so much if, Friday night, the same laugh/screech/laugh cycle hadn’t occurred until the wee hours.

Honestly, there is no room for meaningful discourse in this dialogue. Because there is just one uproarious laugh after another.

See that yellow spot on the carpet? (SCREECHING LAUGHTER)

See what time it is? (SCREECHING LAUGHTER)

Know what my name is? (SCREECHING LAUGHTER)

At first self thought, they’re young and giddy because they’re so excited about being in San Francisco! San Francisco is the Golden Gate, the Dragon’s Gate, the Ferry Building, Golden Gate Park etc. And we’re young! And WE’RE HERE! AND WE’RE SO COOL!

Self is gratified to know that somewhere in the building next door, there are girlfriends who know how to be girlfriends. How to simply LAUGH. It must be such a joyous feeling to have laugh fest with your roommates, at 5:58. To know that, at the drop of a hat, at any hour of the day or night, you will have hilarious interaction with your roomies.

(Self recognizes your individual laughs, girls! She knows the one that goes: gasp/hiccup/HA!/gasp/hiccup; as well as the one that goes HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!)

If self were the mother of teenage daughters, would she have to endure this type of giggly on a daily basis?

BTW, self read somewhere that “giggle” should never be used, in any form of writing. Never. Because, according to advise dispenser, no one but no one giggles.

Self will now hunt for that writing website, so she can tell the author of the article that she lives next door to girls who really know how to giggle. Non-stop. Now, that level of giggle takes commitment.

Stay tuned.

Discoveries, First Saturday of September (2014)

Yesterday, while standing at the check-out line in Whole Foods on Jefferson, self saw a CD by Ed Sheeran. She was curious, as apparently he is a great favorite of the writers on fanfiction.net  So she bought his CD and listened to it at home and, you know, it reminds her of old rock. But it’s pleasant. Something new to listen to while driving!

Today was peaceful. She mostly watered.

She’s very much enjoying Dark Star, by Alan Furst. He writes ridiculously well, for someone who writes spy thrillers.

SPOILER ALERT!!!

On p. 52, the hero of the story, Szara, lands in Berlin (after a particularly nasty encounter with some hired assassins — he escapes by the skin of hist teeth). This is what he sees of the city from his hotel room:

Szara stared out a high window, watching umbrellas moving down the street like phantoms. It seemed to him the city’s very own, private weather, for Berliners lived deep inside themselves — it could be felt — where they nourished old insults and humiliated ambitions of every sort, all of it locked up within a courtesy like forged metal and an acid wit that never seemed meant to hurt — it just, apparently by accident, left a little bruise.

Lovely writing, isn’t it?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 7: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Wow, self continues to be madly inspired by the WordPress Photo Challenge this week:  INSIDE.

Heartfelt thanks to The Daily Post for the fantastic prompts!

Here’s a picture of one of self’s Stanford chums, Penny Jackson, as she emulates a Yoga pose in front of the Asian Art Museum. Her arms are pressed together above her head, she is INSIDE the pose.  Get it?

It is always a lot of fun hanging around with Penny.  She is so spontaneous, pure Nitro.

It is always a lot of fun hanging around with Penny. She is so spontaneous, pure Nitro.

Self has always had an enduring fascination with snow globes.  Here’s one she bought about 30 years ago.

Christmas is a great excuse for nostalgia . . .

Christmas is a great excuse for nostalgia . . .

2013 was a special year:  Manila Noir, a collection of “dark” stories about the city of Manila, and edited by Jessica Hagedorn, was published.  Self has a story in this anthology:  The story is called “Desire.”

She’s not a big name, like the others in the collection, so her name didn’t get listed on either book cover.  But, still.  Open to the Table of Contents, her name is there.  She is INSIDE the book.

Manila Noir (Akashic Books, 2013): The covers of the U.S. and Philippine editions

Manila Noir (Akashic Books, 2013): The covers of the U.S. and Philippine editions

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Treasure 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Let’s talk about how sweet it is to have a really, really good nail salon in the neighborhood.

Self decided to get a mani/pedi yesterday afternoon, at 5 p.m. (As parking fees don’t apply after 6 p.m., she ends up paying only 50 cents, for 1 hour)  When she walked in, the entire row of humongous massaging chairs was full, but she only had to wait a little while before they called self to a chair.

One of the women there is taking classes from a San Jose community college, and she and self began gabbing about our favorite books.  A few weeks ago, self dropped off a copy of her Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila.  Today, the woman gave her a copy of her favorite book, pictured below.  Which she will consider (Ta-ra!)

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Self's First Book Exchange: with a young woman from her favorite nail salon, Belle Nail Salon in her hometown Redwood City

Self’s First Book Exchange: with a young woman from her favorite nail salon, Belle Nail Salon in her hometown Redwood City

TREASURE # 3.2:  Memories of her last trip to visit son and Jennie in Claremont

Son and Jennie have a wee backyard. It was so sunny, her last day in Claremont, a week ago.

Son and Jennie have a backyard! It was so sunny, her last day in Claremont, a week ago.

TREASURE # 3.3:  Ocean Beach and The Great Highway.  No matter what the weather, there’s always something to see . . .  And the San Francisco Zoo’s right alongside.

We always take the Great Highway when we visit the Legion of Honor.

We always take the Great Highway when we visit the Legion of Honor.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Weekend Workshop For Women (L.A. Area)

Rising UP in Your Life:  Liberating Your Authentic Voice
A Transformational Weekend Workshop for Women
March 21 – 23, 2014

Facilitated by Michelle Bauman, M.A., J.D. and Carolyn Freyer-Jones, M.A.

Over the past five years, the two have coached hundreds of women. Interesting, loving, creative women with extraordinary ideas, hopes, and dreams. Women who love their families and are deeply committed to their mothering. Women in action.

The weekend includes opportunities for:

  • Identifying the patterns that prevent you from experiencing greater fulfillment . . . and discovering new ways to dissolve them.
  • Revolutionizing your decision making process in service to more heartfelt choices and
  • Strengthening your ability to take other people’s discomfort and challenges (partners/husbands, bosses, children, parents) without collapsing into people-pleasing, people, and fixing and Self-Abandonment
    Learning to speak on your own behalf without anger and againstness, experiencing greater grace and confidence.
  • Locating your “taking risks” muscle . . .  and learning how to strengthen it in service to authentic empowerment and living your heartfelt dreams.
  • Deepening your ability to nurture and support your Self in times of challenge.

Intrigued?  Go here.

Stay tuned.

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