Color My World: Take a Mental Vacation

Oct 23

Color My World: Take a Mental Vacation

I’ve had a lot going on this past month, not just the usual busyness, but some very heavy, emotional stuff. In the end, I think that what has been one of the most difficult and draining months of my life will go down in history as one of the most fruitful.  I’m making peace with some things I should have processed a long time ago.  But in the...

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Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack, Sister!

Sep 26

Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack, Sister!

I caught myself doing it again this morning. Every Friday morning, I update an inner-office list and distribute copies to everyone. My boss’s door was closed, and as I usually do, I gave it a little knock before walking in to drop off his copy of the list. When I walked in, my boss was talking with two male co-workers. I heard it right as it came out of my...

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What’s Your Favorite Fake Band?

Sep 18

What’s Your Favorite Fake Band?

I was listening to a nostalgic playlist I compiled on Spotify over the weekend and came to a shocking realization … half my favorite bands from the ’60s and ’70s weren’t even real bands! I bought albums from most of the “bands” included in the following poll. How about you? What’s your favorite fake...

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Rubye’s Blog: Pop City, Oklahoma

Aug 28

Rubye’s Blog:  Pop City, Oklahoma

Editor’s Note: This is a “guest post” by my grandmother, born Rubye Ione Owens (December 3, 1922 – June 16, 2008). This may be my favorite of my grandmother’s journal entries because she talks about the family’s move to a little town called Pop City, Oklahoma, when my grandmother was about six years old. She later gave birth to my...

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SLO Surreal

Aug 21

SLO Surreal

I was walking to work recently and, looking up, saw a rooster weather vane atop one of the county government buildings. I’d never noticed it before. Like many of us, I get so focused on what’s right in front of me that I forget to take the time to notice the rest of the beautiful world around me. That morning, the rooster weather vane and the backdrop of...

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Thoughts About Kindness, Depression and Suicide

Aug 14

Thoughts About Kindness, Depression and Suicide

This isn’t the blog post I planned to write today. I don’t have anything to say about Robin Williams’s tragic passing on Monday. I have my own feelings, but all of those feelings are trumped by the bigger feeling that neither his life nor his death are any of my business. As much as I may feel like I’ve known him my entire life, I...

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Rubye’s Blog: Close Calls

Aug 07

Rubye’s Blog:  Close Calls

Editor’s Note: This is a “guest post” by my grandmother, born Rubye Ione Owens (December 3, 1922 – June 16, 2008). In this journal entry, my grandmother writes about the childhood mischief she and her siblings engaged in growing up in Oklahoma. Things were just a little bit different back then. In fact, after reading this, I’m amazed...

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Rubye’s Blog: From Moss Landing to the Pecan Bottoms

Jul 31

Rubye’s Blog: From Moss Landing to the Pecan Bottoms

Editor’s Note: This is a “guest post” by my grandmother, born Rubye Ione Owens (December 3, 1922 – June 16, 2008). In this journal entry, my grandmother writes about her family’s migration to California from Oklahoma. From Moss Landing to the Pecan Bottoms by Rubye Ione Owens Calvert Miller My first schooling I ever remember was...

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Sidetracked But Not Derailed

Jul 24

Sidetracked But Not Derailed

I decided at the beginning of summer to set aside work on my novel in favor of finishing another writing project that was taking up a lot of space in my head. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I finished the project last week and my mind has been freed. I was thrilled with the idea of getting back to work on my “real” writing without...

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