Redwood Trees and poems

The Mighty Redwood…

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For centuries, poets lifted a quill, dipped same in an ink pot and waxed rhapsodic about nature.

Visitors to Northern California are taken aback by the majestic beauty of the Redwood forests.

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

Isaac Asimov



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San Jose Fireworks Debacle


July 4, 2019 – The Loudest, Longest, Worst…Fireworks  Bombardment

Pity the poor people staying in Downtown San Jose Hotels, Motels, Air BnBs –

…excited by the thrill of July 4th fireworks… daunted by din, the aural assualt, the noise reverberating, filling the sky for miles and hours.

Some counties ( i.e. Marin) have Public noise restrictions and all loud music must cease and desist by 10:00 pm.

11:00 pm The cacophony wa still booming…

He was Single and in need of new clothes

Henry got Single (aka he “got” Divorced)

And once he came up for air, and had moved into his own condo, attempted to cook actual meals (and defaulted to Grab and Go meals) – he decided to create a brand new Him.

Inspired by his younger, hipper sister – who encouraged a new wardrobe: his new mantra was, “Out with the old and in with the new.”

At the fervent urging of his sister, he tossed out many, many, bags of old, worn, dated clothes and agreed to go on a shopping spree with his sister. 

These were the TOP 20 Must Have items 

1.Navy blue blazer.

2.New straight-cut blue jeans.

3.Khaki pants.

4.Mid-gray wool pants: light weight.

5. Good Khaki shorts.

6.White and light blue button-down oxford shirts. 

7.White and light blue dress shirts (something in a finer fabric)

8.Classic black grenadine necktie.

9.Four other neckties – colored, textured solids, knits.

10.Five White linen hankerchiefs

11.Plain white t-shirts.

12.A couple of other plain t-shirts: navy/heather gray 

13.A trim-fitting solid polo:white 

14.Gray crew-neck sweatshirt.

15.Cashmere v-neck sweater:l ight gray 

16.New, plain white sneakers.

17.Dressy Black cap-toes.

18.Brown dress shoes.

19.Brown casual shoes 

20.Two Belts to match shoes.


black casual classic clothes

Shopping 101

FACT: Procuring all these sartorial statements took time – Two weekends – hours online – and mucho money. Henry was over the moon impressed with his new “self.”

And so it begins, a new chapter.

Dates bombing at the bar? Think: coffee

cocktail-995574__180Are you playing Hide and Seek with First Dates?

Is he interested  and available and then- Bam! He disappears? 

Pssst: We call these guys Rude Dudes. And, advise you to avoid them at all costs,

Mimi B. lives in Millbrae ad considers herself a pretty, smart, successful woman. She had several boyfriends in college. She dated the love-of-her-life for two years before he broke up with her  and married someone else, a year later. She had dabbled on Match and jumped over to Bumble

She enjoyed a flood of attention and met tons of guys who were “Fine, not great.” Next. She got swept up with Tinder. Mimi B regales her friends with Tinder stories- some have been great- others laughbable and some very disappointing. Then she hit her stride.

She laughed she could teach a class on weeding out dead end dates and the all-talk-no-action boys.

Have you ever been Stood Up? How many times?  More than once? Twice? More?


Date night: You are dressed up, looking good, excited to meet the man you have been swiping texting thinking dreaming about…No dummy you, you text him to confirm the 9 pm drinks/date at the HaRa. Crickets. Tapping your foot – your mind races thinking of myriad excuses…another?

A Three Way With Ben and Jerry Sounds Good?

Scoop: Try a simple coffee date…meet your dates in daylight.

Keep it Simple. Cocktails on Date #2.


This is not a lecture…just well-reseached data on dating.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill



March 15: Beware of dud dates


March 15

Now is the time for all good boys and girls to come to the aid of each other.

The Games People Play in Date-World ( Hide and Seek, Bluff and Bravado, Liar Liar Pants on Fire, Hard to Get) are a waste of time.

Admit it.

Todd, from the East Bay is the cocky Physician’s Assistant is a “why waste time getting to know one another when you can learn all you want getting horizontal in bed, on the first date. And if the woman isn’t “in,” he is so out of there – fast. He has a lot of first dates.

Moira used to post on Cragislist that she was lonely. She says  got a lot of action. Then CL blocked her pithy pleas for hook ups. She worked hard to find just the right guy. He was the perfect dinner and a movie boyfriend.  

However, he wasn’t good for picnics, road trips, museums, hikes, long drives to….just about anywhere. Her pals gave her their Tahoe cabin for a week. He refused to go. She begged…he agreed and rarely left the condo in five days. Instead they spent hours sitting in the living room talking about their relationship. She happily moved on. Next.

To Tell the Truth – Not just an old TV SHOW.

abandoned antique close up design

“Come to Dinner!” Once upon a time…