Lunch with Shaul

Mama and I were treated to a lovely lunch at the home of our friend Shaul today. What a special feeling to be welcomed into an Italian home like family! We first met Shaul about eight years ago, when he was giving a talk at the University of California, Santa Cruz, titled “Women, Jews, and…

Water bus passes and new friends

It’s more fun to take the bus in Venice, because it’s actually a boat (called the Vaporetto). Since they’re used by locals and tourists, it can be very crowded (and therefore not always so fun, or even safe for those with mobility issues). But today we got on our first Vaporetto of this trip, and…

Optical goddess rescue

Mama got her glasses fixed permanently today! They broke last month on the morning of our special garden party. Our friend Michelle, who we became friends with at our local Kaiser Optical, came to our home that morning, and fixed Mama’s glasses with superglue! It was a temporary solution, for which we were extremely grateful! Mama…

Plates from a party missed

A kidney infection has taken me out of commission the last two days; and sadly, today that meant missing the birthday party of the adorable girls we love next door. Lucky for us, their kind and gorgeous mother brought us plates of food from the party. We are grateful to have such loving neighbors! And…

Smart girl gifting

The two very special girls who live next door have birthdays this week. Mama and I had a great time picking out fun gifts for these smart girls, who are turning 7 and 9. We got Jamaica an all-natural lip balm making kit, which teaches chemistry. And for Spirit, who went to a Legos camp…

Another cook in the kitchen

Our friend Ann, the magnificent chef/owner behind Sonoma Crust Bakery, came to visit us tonight and prepared a wonderful feast to share together. Mama and I were mesmerized watching Ann cook, and the meal was truly outstanding! She fixed a salsa with blistered tomatoes, charred corn, and herbs from our garden. The chicken breast was…

Very much on time

Today’s #OneGoodThing is this beautiful, poignant meme, posted by my friend Leslie, with whom I went to journalism school. She shared these words along with some of her own: “Step away and hit the pause button. You are in your own timezone. You don’t need to keep up with everyone else. Do you.” I love seeing my…