The No-More-Fainting Ladies’ Fainting Couch

My grandchildren think it's hilarious that Nana has a "real" ladies' fainting couch, and they love to bring their friends to see it. Actually, mine is a 1920's replica of a type of furniture that became popular in the 19th Century. This was a time when women's corsets...

About Giving Thanks

We all have negative bias to some degree. We tend to notice and focus on what's wrong in our day, our lives, our country, more than on what's right. The experts tell us this has a biological, evolutionary basis. That is, back in the day it was much more important to...

Rooney, The Time-Telling Canine Wonder

We’ve all known intelligent dogs, and despite what some experts may tell us, those of us who have lived with them know that they definitely do have some interesting thought processes. We can see it in their eyes and by their actions. Once upon a time my husband and I...

Many Thanks and Fall Updates

Dear Reader, As many of you know, I launched my newest book, The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®—Seven Steps to Your Personal Gold, this past June. As summer draws to a close, I wanted to thank everyone for the interest and delightful reception the book has received....

Getting to Know My Uber Drivers

Not long ago I had the pleasure of visiting family in New York and New Jersey. As everyone is rather spread out, I found myself calling Uber quite a bit. I am new to this service, since here in LA we basically live in our cars. So I didn't quite know what to expect,...