Anything Goes — fashion with compassion

Gone are the days we can only wear skirts a certain length to be in style, in today’s fashion scene we can wear anything from mini to maxi, and from skinny jeans to palazzos. No matter what “they” say is “in” or “out” at the end of the day – or rather, at the beginning […]

Anything Goes — fashion with compassion

Retracing Zorro’s Escapades at Mission San Luis Rey — Atomic Redhead

Before we get going, I want to say that it is important to remember that the California missions have complicated histories. For some, they were and remain a place of peace, with memories of weddings and other life events, however, they also have a history of violence, slavery, and forced religious conversion, which aided in the…

Retracing Zorro’s Escapades at Mission San Luis Rey — Atomic Redhead

Poem: September heart-to-hearts

September heart-to-hearts

A September evening at Upper Lake, Bhopal
“ageneration lostinspace,with no timeleftto start again”-Don McLean (Miss American Pie)

Nine kids are playing and having fun,
sunkissed from September Sun.
A man comes and says to one:
‘Nine are the letters in September, son!’
Kid-one counts with his little fingers and his one little thumb
‘Old man, are you done?’ says kid-one.
‘It is my favorite month, little one’
says the old man with a grunt
‘It is mine too, it’s my birthday month’
says kid-two pointing her toy gun
‘Oh yes little miss it’s a popular birthday month
but, that’s not the reason why it’s my favorite one’.
Kid-three falls free from a tree and
sticks out his tongue,
pretending to be killed by the toy gun.
Kid-four, feeling bored, rummages in his little bag;
finds a cookie and says
‘Oh yeah! A cookie…

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Happy New Year – 2023 with Hope


Teacher as Transformer

2022 was an eventful year in terms of writing and publishing. It was also surprising as I the two published pieces, a book chapter and a peer-reviewed article, were about hope and had a spiritual component to them. I think hope is a phenomenon we each want in our lives. Those who have followed the blog for a while may recall that The Peace Prayer of St. Francis is an important part of my family’s life. We recite it at various ceremonies when we come together and Kathy and I have a small plaque my mother gave us many years ago.

The line that resonates most with me is “where there is despair hope.” I used the line in the introduction of a book chapter I co-authored. It commemorated the centenary of Paulo Freire‘s birth. Many would associate him with critical pedagogy and his seminal book, Pedagogy of the…

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Going Nuts Over Coffee Chocolate Cake



This is the first time, Beautiful People, that I am answering a challenge published by a blogger. I am only doing it to support a delightful and talented Marla of who has just come up with her first challenge. Here it is:

Consider this challenge a “Wordle” lite.

  • Coffee
  • Transmittal
  • Fax or Phone (use either or both)
  • Sticky tab
  • Draft or Organize (use either or both)
  • Dish
  • Scan
  • Spread Sheet
  • Scale
  • Rubber

Pick at least three bullets from the list of ten and write a poem, a story, sketch picture, show us pictures you’ve taken. You can use any variation on the word and have a blast! Ping back so that I can read everyone’s contributions!!!

Dear Marla, here is a coffee cake, organized on a pretty dish, on a background of my husband’s boutique cigar box (in case you don’t know, Senor Solomon is his brand, the…

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