Archives for the month of: June, 2013


I’m adding this link to an article about cancer treatment.

I think in 100 years from now they will think we were barbaric in treating cancer with chemotherapy. Or maybe in 10 years. Or one year? Who knows.

The only thing I know is that I wish and hope and pray for an end to this horrific disease right now. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this scourge.

We used to say “my family doesn’t do cancer. We do heart disease and strokes.”  But we now do. We all do. It’s environmental. It’s hormonal. It can hit anyone, any where, any time.


We have a short growing season up here in Descanso. In fact, it was 33 degrees last night, on June 15. That keeps the veggies stunted.

Still, we enjoy the veggies and herbs and berries we grow during the summer. My favorite herb, hands down, is basil. I love the flavor and the endless array of dishes it enhances.

I just found these tips on growing basil – some I knew, some I didn’t. Hope your summer garden is taking off.


This week has been very challenging for our family. A story not for me to tell, but nonetheless it has shaken our world and brought us all back to what truly matters.

Today I read this article which made perfect sense to me: finding the joy in every day, even the crappy days. Because even the crappy days are here on earth, and that’s something to celebrate and thank the powers-that-be.

One piece of advice from this article that I’m going to try upon meeting new people: instead of asking them “what do you do?” ask them: “what do you like to do?” Big difference. I don’t know if that kind of question is confined to our culture, but finding out what someone likes to do as opposed to what they do to survive can open up some real human conversations.

So tell me, what do YOU like to do?

And let me know what you think about Laura Munson’s article from The Huffington Post about finding the joy in every day.

Our longtime friend Steve Lipoma, a woodworking artist who has won awards at the San Diego Fair, came up last week for the first time in six months (along with our good friend Eric Leatherman). He surveyed the remains our old oak tree, and his wheels started spinning on what he could do with some of her remains.

He’s renting an apartment in Scripps Ranch, and as such, has had to store his woodworking equipment in offsite storage. Today he brought up his lathe and some accessories.

He will soon be using his tools to create some interesting works of art from Grandmother Oak once we (really, my Steve, not me) help trim up some pieces with the chainsaw. Today he showed what he can do with an old piece of wood he had, creating this beautiful wood bowl, which he gave to me as a hostess gift.

I like the idea of Grandmother Oak becoming some useful and artistic items.

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