Incredibly, I've Lived In Chico, CA 8 Years Now.

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01/02/2019 19:51

Elephants on Parade

I'd forgotten I wrote this, but here's a post from a few years back from a "teacher's blog" I used to do. Sadly, I don't think much has changed in the past couple of years in terms of serious student anxieties. But the response holds true, I...


12/20/2018 09:04

The Seventh Year of Sporadic Writing: I Reintroduce Myself

The Beginning of I Am I am eggshells, From Dippity-Do and Little Women. I am from pink bricks, cluttered rooms, and tiny windows, Volatile, longing, mother bent over full baskets and an ironing board. I am from a Chinese elm by the driveway Lovely in bloom but fragile, taking survival a year at a...


11/22/2018 20:05

After the Camp Fire: Aftermath

  My fellow Butte County Volunteers: We are, most of us, past the acute phase of crisis, and into the period of "aftermath". Even our survivors, we see, have lost much. I noticed today that in some places, there were more helpers than those directly afflicted by the Camp Fires (who must, by...


01/19/2018 13:25

Can You Love Your Children Too Much?

Today's text and question from my daughter as we discussed my granddaughter, currently in college, and recently accepted to participate in a trip to Guatamala in 2019. Understandably my daughter is both elated and a bit nervous. This is where my Northern California experiences with University...


01/13/2018 12:09

The Inescapable, Imponderable, Unavoidable Art of Losing

    From the poet Elizabeth Bishop: "The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent /to be lost that their loss is no disaster/ Lose something every day/ Accept the fluster / of lost door keys, the hour badly spent." In other words, get used to it,...


01/09/2018 12:08

Aurgh! Chico Auto Dealer

Well, I teach business/management, so I think I am justified in what I am about to say. Recently, an unnamed dealership service manager representative did me a solid by offering to plead my case to the auto maker to extend my warranty just a bit to cover a really expensive repair. The consumer in...


01/06/2018 13:23

Just What I Needed Today - NOT.

      Who could not use a message like this? Not me.


01/05/2018 11:29

Rats Asses and Bloody Hell - Happy New Year

What the hell? I was told today that my car apparently has had a rodent infestation, which has created an engine problem, which means hours of work ahead for skilled mechanics to pull my car apart, diagnose the REAL problem (rats or otherwise) and fix it. My advisor also helpfully let me know about...


06/16/2016 15:00

Winged Migration

My family will laugh at the title. I loved that movie, whereas everyone I know who watched it with me feel asleep. Birds I have loved, for so many reasons. Just watch that old documentary - if you can stay awake, write me, we are utterly sympatico. But I write about another migration - I have a new...


06/10/2016 13:38

A Tale of Three Kitties

I was never too much of a pet person, but I married a pet that came with Marc. Grayson was a gray elder cat, and very attuned to his Man. He (cat) generally regarded me as an interloper, but he was just funny enough, just in need enough of brushing enough, so that I bonded with him too...