Five-Minute Post

Silver Spring, MD As my seven-week respite (amended to seven weeks) at the homestead in Maryland winds to a close, I find myself during these dwindling days leading up to my return to LA racing around in an attempt to touch base with as many of my people as possible, cooking up all the fresh…

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Raised by Women

Careening towards the end of Women’s History Month, and just days after World Poetry Day, the poem Raised By Women by Kelly Norman Ellis resonates deeply, conjuring memories of ancestors I’ve never met, but whose protection and wisdom transcends earthy limitations.   Sliding into my sixties, I’m still being raised by phenomenal women. Taking over for…

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From Poetry to POEMS (and back again)

While living in 1970’s San Francisco during the surreal period bookended by the unexpected death of my 49-year-old Mother and the drawn-out demise of my father four years later, I attended an event featuring Maya Angelou at an Oakland public library.    After the program, the celebrated author took the time for a one-on-one with this…

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Two Weeks into 2023

Hope your new year is off to a smooth start….. With so many influencers, thought leaders, and folks reveling in the practice of reliving the past 365 – gaining deep insight, learning lessons from mistakes made in May, to documenting habits that led to successes in September, it’s vital to know many of us begin…

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To Live and Dine in LA

LAX Sign

Over the past few years, new as well as, uh… seasoned, friends have inquired about my favorite places to eat, experiences to enjoy and sites to see in Los Angeles. Tiring of the frequent search for the list of go-to spots, it finally occurred to this aging modern Bedouin to document this in more than some…

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Dateline June 30, 2022

1962 sign

During this month-long countdown to 60 years young, the temptation to cram all manners of self-growth and introspective modalities looms large. From the attainable & productive to the obscure & unrealistic,  I am willing to try anything in a desperate attempt to kick off this next decade with the Queen/BossLady/Grown Ass Woman attributes I never…

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