To My Granddaughter on Her 16th Birthday….

My beautiful eldest granddaughter at age 9 My oldest granddaughter turns 16 this coming weekend. For this milestone birthday, I wrote her a letter and I listed 16 life lessons. I hope she soaks them in. Dearest Shelby, How can it be that my very beautiful and oldest...

Inhaling the Scent of Suffering

Smell is one of the most powerful memory evokers there is. Certain aromas and smells can transport us right back to places and people long ago. Gardenias take me back to my Uncle Louie’s house, reminding me of my family’s somewhat annual visits from...

We, the Divided States of America

Love Conquers All… We, the citizens of the United States of America, are a divided nation, and in less than 3 years we will celebrate our 250th birthday. Is it going to take a mega party to bring us all back together? During a recent fire pit gathering, a friend...

#blessed… Really?

Yours truly on Lanikai Beach, Kailua, HI, 2019 Look at me in the above photo playing around on one of the world’s most famous beaches! That picture was taken on my first trip to Hawaii in early 2019. This coming December, I’ll be making my sixth trip to...