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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My Literary Bones

Jul 15

My Literary Bones

My family on my mother’s side is Irish, Scottish, French and Native American (Comanche). I don’t know much about how my European ancestors came to the United States, but I’ve been doing some genealogy research and trying to trace my family back to its European beginnings. I know more about my Native American heritage. One of my ancestors was a woman named...

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The Robin Zander Band

Jul 08

The Robin Zander Band

I went to see the Robin Zander Band at SLO Brew a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who weren’t born yet, or who were born under a rock, Robin Zander is the lead singer of Cheap Trick. For those of you who are my age, don’t panic. Cheap Trick has not broken up. In fact, the band rocked Lancaster, Pennsylvania so hard on a recent Friday night that one...

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My Favorite Productivity Tips

Jul 01

My Favorite Productivity Tips

As many of you know if you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on ways to increase my productivity. I was reminded during my research that we all have just as many hours in the day as Beyoncé Knowles has. That is a lot of pressure, but I am ready to rise to the occasion. I work full-time as a...

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