I’m a Magpie
Last Wednesday night, at approximately 7:00 PM, my grandmother lost her mind. This isn’t news, really; she’s been losing it, on and off, since she was first diagnosed with dementia a few years back. But this time it was on my watch, at the kitchen table where I used to munch on homemade granola while [...]
I went grocery shopping with my grandmother and her caregiver today. As we were unloading bags from the car, I was struck with this sudden memory, a full on flashback of the time Brian and I visited grandma back in 2003, when we first moved to the West Coast. I guess grandma must have been [...]
Hello! I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting things over here, along with everything else that’s not a paper on database systems or intellectual freedom. But the semester’s almost done, which makes this a great time to explore the hotses and notses of the week a la Loobylu. Hot! 1. Backyard Astronomy: Or in our case, Duboce [...]
St. Christina the Astonishing, from an image by Giselle Potter I was born on Saint George’s Day, which, to my mind anyway, makes my grandmother Mary George one of my patron saints. Canonizing one’s grandmother, particularly when said grandmother is Episcopalian and, more importantly, alive, may seem like the height of vanity, even sacrilege. But [...]
We have so much fun, my mother and I, that we are often blurry.
I’ve been looking for part time work for some time now, and recently ran across this ad: Relationship Assistance – Part TimeDate: 2009-04-28, 7:43AM PDT Super busy affluent SF Arts/ Entrepreneur who travels a lot for work needs part time help finding a girlfriend/LTR.
So I was in my kitchen this morning, making broth and drying sprouts in the convection oven (look at me! So domestic!), when I realized just how much Xmas loot I was sporting. This year’s haul seriously upped my sartorial awesomeness. Let me show you! First up, we have the gloves I got from my [...]
So we went and got our Christmas tree the other night. When we got near the lot, I told Brian, “Stand here and go like this with your hands and I’ll take a picture.” So he did. I really wanted to get our tree here, because Obama looks so festive there with all the lights, [...]
Brian and I had very half-assed plans for Thanksgiving, which fell through as such plans are often wont to do. This is actually kind of awesome. Even though we basically spend every waking moment together, we’d both been secretly harboring the desire for some quiet holiday alone time (with each other that is), away from [...]
I took a class this weekend with Lynda Barry called “Writing the Unthinkable”. In it we did lots of five-minute exercises designed to dredge up memories and excavate images. I’m going to try to keep doing these, and post the results every day. Sometimes I might draw pictures, too. Sometimes I might post the same [...]
I'm a librarian. Special skills include dog charming, brochure writing, slapdash cooking and long-winded nattering. I also enjoy watching the sunset's reflection in the tall buildings downtown.
For a while there, I taught classes on Classical literature, philosophy, and the history of religion at New College of California. I have an MA and an MFA in Writing, and live on a boat in Sausalito, CA.