I know. This is supposed to be a post on Louisiana. Bear with me. It's coming, next time around. But for now the mood here in the East Bay is prickly…
--Guest Blog Post By Suzanne Parsons Greetings, Dear Readers! I'm Suzanne, Tina's sister-in-law in Kansas--yes, I sew and quilt and make things. My…
...the whole blue valley spread out before us, and the monastery and all the barns and gardens standing amid the trees below us under a big blue sweep…
First sign: The pile staring up at me in my writing room. Notice the folder labeled "Louisiana"? And Austin Kleon's book? Can there be two more glaring…
Autumn returned like an old friend. Oh, you’re back. I’ve missed you! Evening temps dipped into the 40’s. Yellowing leaves rustled in the cottonwood…
On February 28th, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer launched its "Made in America" challenge. As many of you know, the show invited me to join in the…
In the name of research, Don / Richie C and I ate dinner at Nordstrom's Bistro Cafe. It was a warm spring evening. Easy listening music piped onto the…
Hi Tina: Here is an example of a very reasonably priced Karen Kane dress sold on the Nordstrom's website. Carolyn So it began: with a simple note from a…
Is there news access on the other side? Are the Los Angeles Times and thousands of other newspapers somehow tossed up to the heavens, keeping our loved…
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." --Dante Alighieri, Inferno I'm…
Ironically, for a country that still claims to be communist, China has grown far more unequal of late. Many peasants and workers share little in the…
Lesotho. Say it three times. Think Colin Firth as George VI in the movie "The King's Speech." Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho. There's a tongue-twister for you…