Where I’ve been

I apologize for the scarcity of my blog posts lately. I’ve gotten very involved in a consulting job over at the aerospace company I used to work for and that has taken up most of my energy. And the problem  is, I don’t see an end of the work in sight.

Although I don’t want to go on a complete vacation from blogging, I feel I have to cut back. I’ve already done that to my small stones writing regime, my work on my novel, and my attendance at  writing group meetings. Unfortunately, when I accept a consulting job, most everything else suffers.

However, some interesting things have happened as well.

I belong to a wonderful group called South Bay Cares that was founded as a source of education and to be an arbiter of positive action so that members can be the change that we want to see in the world. Our motto is: Educate. Empower. Engage. And a couple of weeks ago we hosted an event at our local independent bookstore: Pages: a bookstore with the cinematographer and two of the writers of the Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The conversation at that meeting was enough to empower women of all ages to want to take back control, no matter who is running our country.

If you live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, please attend our next general meeting on October 19 at 7:30 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterrey, Hermosa Beach. I’m sure you’ll find a committee that fulfills your need to help make a difference in our world. I think doing some good is much better than sitting back and brooding and panicking about how bad things are right now.

I’ve also been writing a lot of poems. I signed up to go back to Jack Grapes‘ class before I got my work assignment, and since I already paid for it, I am going to his class one morning a week. I studied with Jack for about five years in the early 2000’s, and I must say it’s good to work with him again. He is very encouraging and inspiring – really, you have to be there. The first three weeks I got the assignment to write like Charles Bukowski, and for the past two weeks, my poet inspiration has been Dorianne Laux. Both quite a challenge.

That’s enough catching up for now. I’ll try to come back in another week or so – after the total eclipse of the sun – a very exciting event happening a week from tomorrow, on August 21.






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