Thursday, June 25, 2009


Today, my neighbor Shirley died of brain cancer. I will miss her. She welcomed me to this neighborhood when my husband and I moved here and she was always a source of encouraging words and ready prayers. She will not receive the press that Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson will, (who also died today). But all of us who loved Shirley will celebrate her life in our hearts and memories.

So today, I thank God for Shirley, her legacy, and the blessing she was in my life--one that made my life beautiful in many ways.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Writing and Baking

Spent a week in Ohio with my daughter Julie (a writer, speaker, teacher) and her children. Julie and I worked at the kitchen table clicking away while 12-year-old granddaughter Caitrin prepared the dough for vegan cinnamon rolls. Then she and I pounded and rolled and filled and cut and baked and enjoyed them for breakfast the next morning. All that work and they disappeared in seconds. Caitrin and her older sister and one of her brothers are committed vegans. This recipe is to die for, as they say. Check it out for yourself at