A smile

I wish I could capture her facial expression and share it with you right now. She lifted halfway out of her chair and threw me a kiss with a wave of a hand and the warmest of smiles.

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Fantasizing

I have to admit to the fantasies I've had on several occasions when I was making pasta: I am rolling the dough, I am covered in flour, there is a knock on the door. I walk to the door with hands sticky with dough, and who else but…….

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Homeless

…I saw an opening and I took it. I wasn’t going to be long anyway. What can happen in a short time!? As soon as I got out of the car, a nauseating smell of urine hits me. It felt like it immediately permeated every pore of my body.

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Go climb a mountain

Oh, so many  “ I can’t go any further dad!”  I would collapse in a heap of tears and sobs and often tantrums. And every time my dad would patiently (or sometimes not so patiently) coax me just a bit further.

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Joy

I screamed first as it startled me, and then instantly with joy.  From the top of my lungs. On my way back, the whole scene was repeated.

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Nature

Pitaja cactus that blooms only at night is pollinated by bats who come to feed on the nectar of this glorious blossom. These cacti have been specifically adapted for pollination by bats.

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I lost my Husband

Coffee mugs warming our lap, we were cozied up next to each other reading Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. He was reading the sports section, I was browsing through food section and we would fight over Mark Morford’s editorial. Golden retrievers at our feet. Can you picture it?! It was poetry. It was pure love.

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On Beauty

By now some of you are probably wondering what my secret is  for looking great at our more advanced age. Wait till you hear what and how I figured it out. It’s really simple

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Yesterday

So, let’s look at our life and enjoy every moment that is given to us. Let’s just be grateful that we are still here, present in a physical body whatever shape and form, wrinkles, sagging body parts and all. We won’t be here for long. BTW, I discovered a cure for wrinkles and and all other body imperfections. I’ll tell you my secret later (maybe).

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Back on the mat again

On this day, exactly a year ago, I just finished my last radiation treatment which was following grueling chemo treatments. My body and my soul were defeated, broken down to its core. I was bald, skin burned, bloated and swollen. Weak like never before.

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BAJA SUNRISE

Monty just saw the bunny dart through the bushes and now he is chasing it. When I whistle for him he comes running back and jumps up on my bed all excited” I saw the bunny! I saw the bunny! “ Yup, my dog talks!

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Bad HAIR day

...I mean no hair anywhere! No pubic hair, smooth hairless legs, no armpit hair and bald like a cucumber. I was born with more hair! You save a lot of time in the shower and a lot of money on razor blades.

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Austin, TX

Of course, I was tired and traveling on a plane with all the germs when your immune system is greatly compromised, was of a concern. I traveled armed with surgical masks, scarves and essential oils to guard me against possible infections.

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