Second novel … completed!

Female writer with streak of gray hairYes, it’s true, I finished my second novel at approximately 3:30 pm PST November 25th, 2015. I wrote a 60,201 word novel (10,201 words above the required minimum word count) in 25 days as a participant in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event.

Is the novel ready for publication? Hell no. Now begins the editing, fleshing out, adding and subtracting of content, and fact-checking drudgery required of a book fit for representation and publication.

But I did it! I averaged 2,408 words per day; yesterday alone I wrote 3,879 words in five and a half hours.

It’s all in the preparation, Bay-bee, at least for me it was. For the first time, I used a novel-planning software called Snowflake Pro developed by Randy Ingermanson. This software isn’t writing software per-se, rather, it’s planning software that helps you craft all the necessary elements for your novel.

The greatest realized benefits occurred in Step Three (wherein you create a list of characters and flesh out their storyline) and Step Seven (where you’re forced to answer forty-seven questions about each of your characters.) These questions are quite thorough, from stating the height and weight of your character, to best and worst childhood memory, to religion and political leanings, to how the character sees herself and how others see the character, and much more.

Typist caricatureArmed with these character profiles, the writing came easy for me. Of course I changed some of the initial answers as I completed one chapter after another. As is usually the case when drafting a novel, I found as I got to know the character better, I needed to redesign its destiny, but without a preliminary resume of sorts, I would have found myself floundering – not a comfortable position to be in when you’re on deadline. Yep, I’m certain I would not have experienced the same outcome without the software’s guidance. Continue reading

Life can turn on a dime

Pooh BearA couple days ago, my family received the unfortunate news about the youngest member of our very large family, my grand nephew, Kingsley.

This adorable, full of life, seven month old is hospitalized with bacterial meningitis. Just like that, the parents’ Facebook posts changed from lively, getting into trouble photos, to a photo of their unconscious son in his PICU crib, hooked up to fluids. He was moved to a regular room yesterday and could be there for another week. The PICU photo was replaced with one of him smiling while still hooked up to the antibiotic fluids his body desperately needs.

God help him, God help his parents.

It’s sure difficult to look for the good in such a horrible situation but Kingsley’s mother, my niece, posted a comment saying how blessed she felt with the attentive medical staff that was taking care of her precious son. And she felt as though she was being held in the arms of all of us who were praying and stating positive intentions for his recovery. She found good in the bad.

My morning meditation reading today by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel addressed ones focus when in trouble: where to look and what you look for. I thought I would share it with you today: Continue reading

Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceAn 80-year old man called his son in New York one November day.

The father said to the son, “I hate to tell you, but we’ve got some troubles here in the house. Your mother and I can’t stand each other anymore, and we’re getting a divorce. I’ve had it! I want to live out the rest of my years in peace. I’m telling you now, so you and your sister won’t go into shock later when I move out.”

He hung up, and the son immediately called his sister in the Hamptons to tell her the news.

The sister said, “I’ll handle this.”

She called Florida and told her father, “Don’t do ANYTHING till we get there! We’ll be there Wednesday night.”

The father agreed, “All right.”

The old man hung up the phone and hollered to his wife, “Okay, they’re coming for Thanksgiving. Now, what are we going to tell them for Christmas?”

First step for any endeavor: START

man with binocularsYou have an idea that turns into a personal goal. You plan for it, making a list of To Dos and To Purchase, or whatever lists are required to put your idea into motion.

Then you’re paralyzed: when do I start? how do I start? You begin to second guess your idea, your plans, your goal.

Perfection is stagnationParalysis by analysis sets in. You freeze in place. You do nothing for a day, a week, a month, eventually discarding the project about which you were initially very excited.

Doubt sidelined your goal.

For me, taking that first step can be the beginning of failure, and because it is, oftentimes it’s a step I choose not to take.

I signed up for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, in August or September, I don’t remember. I purchased book-drafting software called Snowflake, and went through every step needed to prepare an outline and/or book proposal for a novel, my second. I was extremely excited about the novel’s concept.

I kept receiving NaNoWriMo emails, counting down the days until November 1st when that novel writing month would commence. The second week of October I questioned the sensibility of subjecting myself to completing a novel in thirty days. The third week of October, I ceased all preparation. Monday of the fourth week of October, I decided not to participate. Continue reading

Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceOn a flight to Florida, the doctor was preparing his notes for one of the parent-education seminars he conducted as an educational psychologist.

The elderly woman sitting next to him explained that she was returning to Miami after having spent two weeks with her six children, eighteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren in Boston.

Then she inquired as to what the doctor did for a living. He told her – listing his credentials – fully expecting her to question him for free professional advice.

Instead, she sat back, picked up a magazine and said, “If there’s anything you want to know, just ask me.”

Isolation after the death of a loved one

I had the privilege of facilitating an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group meeting this afternoon. For several years I facilitated my own caregiver support meeting but retired from doing so in 2013. Earlier this year I was the substitute facilitator for this same meeting and was so very impressed with the group of ladies I met then, a few of whom were in the meeting again today.

christmas-party-215501_640One of the gals, Georgina (not her real name) lost her husband to Alzheimer’s in January. She told the group that while her husband was still alive, the two of them were always invited to a Holiday gathering of friends – all married couples – to celebrate the Christmas season. She found out recently that she was not invited to this year’s event.

Quite frankly, she hadn’t yet thought about the Holiday party, thinking the invitation might be forthcoming but certainly wasn’t stressing out about it. Quite innocently, one of her friends mentioned the party in passing, saying, “Looking forward to seeing you at the annual Christmas celebration” not realizing that the host of the party had not included Georgina on this year’s guest list.

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Thank you for your service

My brother, Don, with my father, Don

My father, Don, with my brother, Don

Thank you for your military service in the U.S. Army, Don Paul Desonier, my brother; and in the Canadian Armed Forces during America’s involvement in WWII, Don Patrick Desonier, my father.

Thank you also, Stewart Olson, my father-in-law, for your military service to the United States of America. Without the commitment and dedication of these three men, and millions of others over the years, freedom wouldn’t be a word with which we would be very familiar.

My in-laws, Stewart Olson and Betty Olson

My in-laws, Stewart Olson and Betty Olson, from way back when

Need Tips for Moving with Dementia Loved One


I am reblogging this article from a fellow blogger. Please, she needs help discerning the best way to get her mother-in-law acclimated once the entire family moves into a new house 1.5 months from now; AND she’ll need pointers on the actual move itself, to facilitate such a move with someone with dementia.

Originally posted on My Dementia Experience:

It’s official, if all goes right, we should be moving in 45 days. We are buying a house. It is a huge blessing as we have been cramped into a too small house since Mom moved in 2 years ago. I have 45 days to prep and prepare as much as possible.

Our new house is 2 stories, so top priority on my list is baby gates for the stairs, and new locks for the doors, to keep MIL safe from falls and wandering. She will have the sole downstairs bedroom and bath. So it will help to keep her downstairs all the time. There is no need for her to go up to the rest of the bedrooms.

I am not looking forward to the level of confusion it will create with her. Attempting to find the bathroom, which is not far from her room. She does not read…

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Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceAfter Brian proposed to Jill, his father took him to one side.

“Son, when I first got married to your mother, the first thing I did when we got home was take off my pants. I gave them to your  mother and told her to try them on, which she did.

“They were  huge on her and she said she couldn’t wear them because they were too large. I said to her, ‘Of course they are too big for you, I wear the pants in this family and I always will.’ Ever since that day we have never had a single problem.”

Brian took his dad’s advice and did the same thing to his wife on his wedding night. Then Jill took off her panties and gave them to Brian. “Try these on,” she said.

Brian went along with it and tried them on but they were far too small. “What’s the point of this? I can’t get into your panties.”

“Exactly,” Jill replied, “and if you don’t change your attitude, you never will!”


NaNoWriMo Survival Guide: How I Write 50k(-ish) Every Month

Source: NaNoWriMo Survival Guide: How I Write 50k(-ish) Every Month This hilarious writer/blogger knows of what he speaks. This will give the non-writers an idea of what us writers go through. I appreciate his tell it like it is writing style, including the swear words … especially the swear words.

Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceA lady goes to the doctor and complains that her husband is losing interest in sex.

The doctor gives her a pill but warns her that it’s still experimental. He tells her to slip it into her husband’s mashed potatoes at dinner, so that night she does just that.

About a week later, she’s back at the doctor’s office where she says, “Doc, the pill worked great! I put it in the potatoes like you said. It wasn’t five minutes later that he jumped up, raked all the food and dishes onto the floor, grabbed me, ripped off all my clothes and made love to me right there on the table!”

The doctor replied, “I’m sorry, we didn’t realize the pill was that strong. The medical foundation will be glad to pay for any damages.”

“Nah, that’s okay. We’re never going back to that restaurant anyway.”

The past – and the truth – have set me free

Oftentimes we’re told that we should forget about the past. Sure, it’s okay to learn from past bad decisions, but sometimes those years are better left alone.

calendar-440586_1280The other day, I went back twenty-one years to uncover the basis for a mystery that has haunted me since September 24th, 1994. Twenty one years of fear and uncertainty came to an end in just ten minutes time.

My mother died on September 24th, 1994 in my parents’ home in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was 77 years old and she died in her sleep. Although she had some chronic health-related issues with which to contend, no one could have predicted her sudden death because she lived a vital and active life.

Dad didn’t want an autopsy performed on my mother which – at the time – I was okay with; it was his decision to make; he didn’t want her body assaulted just to find out why her life ended on that particular day.

That decision was the basis for my twenty-one years of fear. 
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It takes courage to be passionate

board-939244_640David Brooks’ article, Lady Gaga and the life of passion, speaks of putting ourselves out there for something for which we are passionate.

All that is needed for a person to conclude that Lady Gaga puts herself out there is to watch just one of her performances or appearances at awards shows. She wore a meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Outsiders like ourselves look at such a display and might think unkind thoughts about a person who is extremely passionate about her craft.

For most of us, putting ourselves out there means singing at the top of our lungs in the shower or car where no one can hear us. Or perhaps our definition of being out there means matching a floral print top with checked shorts when on vacation where no one knows us.

David Brooks’ article covers the passion involved when we’re courageous enough to follow our dreams, dreams portrayed in this manner by Lady Gaga:

I suppose that I didn’t know what I would become, but I always wanted to be extremely brave and I wanted to be a constant reminder to the universe of what passion looks like. What it sounds like. What it feels like.

Given that description, us aforementioned outsiders might feel differently about how this extraordinarily talented singer/performer expresses herself.

So what does it mean to live a life of passion?  Continue reading

Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceAn old man and woman were married for years and years even though they hated each other. When they had an argument, screams and yelling could be heard deep into the night. Repeatedly a threat was heard from the old man against his wife. “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave to come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!”

The old man died abruptly under strange circumstances and the funeral had a closed casket. After the burial, the wife went straight to the local bar, met up with some neighbors, and began to party like there was no tomorrow.

The gaiety of her actions were becoming extreme when her neighbors approached her and asked, “Aren’t you afraid of the way you’re behaving? Your husband is probably just as powerful in death as he was in life. Didn’t he threaten to dig his way up out of the grave to come back and haunt you for the rest of your life?”

With a self-satisfied smile on her face, the widow put her drink down and responded, “Let the old guy dig. I had him buried upside down.”


Pack courage in your toolbox


Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.

There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are facing difficulties that seem insurmountable, I want to en-courage you to draw on that which lies deep within you.

Oh, sure, you may think you lack what it takes to climb over that speed bump – or mountain – that’s directly in front of you, but I have faith that you will not only do so, but you will rise victorious to the top.

You are stronger than you think.

Believe it.


Tips for helping a caregiver

to-do-list-749304_640The latest AARP Magazine had a fabulous article providing helpful ways in which to make a caregiver’s life just a wee bit – or quite a bit – better.  Here are a few tips for you to adopt in your life.

  1. Bring her a low-maintenance houseplant
  2. Take in his mail
  3. Do yard upkeep, whether raking leaves, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow
  4. When you’re heading out to buy groceries, ask him if you can pick some things up for him
  5. Take her kids or grandkids to the park or to a movie
  6. Stop by with a board game or a movie to watch – a perfect way to get his mind off things
  7. Visit her with a pet that has a sweet disposition
  8. Take his dog on a walk – maybe on a daily or weekly basis
  9. Do some light housework or repairs: dishes, vacuuming, dusting, ironing, smoke alarm battery and light bulb changing, fixing a leaky faucet
  10. Return her library books
  11. Volunteer to stay at home to wait for the cable technician, repairman, etc. while he attends to other more pressing needs
  12. Bring him a week’s worth of meals in freezable containers
  13. Send her a greeting card on an ongoing basis. Who doesn’t love to receive real postal mail?
  14. When visiting, let the person vent, without passing verbal judgment on what they may say
  15. Do an item or two on her To-Do list – I promise you, her list is extraordinarily long
  16. Offer to make a photo album with him, using photos that mean a lot to him and the rest of the family
  17. Give him a gift card to a restaurant he may enjoy, or better yet, take him out to dinner
  18. Help him decorate for the holidays
  19. Drop off or pick up a prescription
  20. Keep in touch with her, even after her loved one passes. Too often, the grieving one has more attention than she can handle immediately after someone dies, then when she could really use some TLC, no one can be found.


Normal is highly under-rated

girl-863686_640Have you ever experienced a time when things just weren’t going right or you were ill and felt you would never again return to normal?

Of course you have, we all have. We were so wrapped up in our  current state of affairs, we couldn’t even remember what normal feels like. This phenomena may also be characterized as craving the status quo, a condition that many of us usually abhor, given the option of leading an eventful and stimulating life.

When we’re on our knees praying to the Universe for a break – or perhaps worshiping the Porcelain God with an upside down stomach – we’ll give anything for boredom, a heightened state of normalcy, or a long stretch of monotony.

My suggestion to you: the next time your yawns make you impatient for something different, be careful what you wish for and enjoy the ennui while you can.

man-272675_640And when you’re going through a rough patch, remember that when you’re in the dumps, this too shall pass, and when it does, you’ll have the opportunity to relish the calming state of normalcy once again.

It’s always nice having something to look forward to, isn’t it?





Help Getting IHSS Benefits for Caregivers


I’m re-blogging this post in the hopes someone can address this caregiver’s questions. Those of you who have a blog, do the same. We’re bound to find the answers for norcalmom, and others requiring the same information.

Originally posted on My Dementia Experience:

Let’s get this straight from the beginning.  I am just a SAHM, converted to a care provider for my MIL with vascular dementia.  I am not a professional by any means.  Most days, I am just trying to get by.  I think most of us family caregivers are the same though, so I am going to post about my experience so far, and ask a lot of questions I have at the end.  Maybe someone further along in this journey will be able to offer advice and assistance we can all use!

I have been caring for my MIL for 2 years next month.  She has vascular dementia and my best guess at her current stage would be moderately severe.  I learned that here in California, I can get compensated for some of the time I spend taking care of my MIL.  A little is better than nothing!  I sure…

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Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceDo you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids?

If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. “How old are you?” … “I’m four and a half” …You’re never 36 and a half but you’re four and a half going on five.

That’s the key. Then you get into your teens and you can’t hold back. You jump to the next number. “How old are you?” … “I’m gonna be 16 soon.” You could actually be 12, but you’re gonna be 16.

And then the greatest day of your life happens, you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony … you become 21. Yes! But then you turn 30 … ooohhh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk … He turned, we had to throw him out. There’s no fun being had now.  Continue reading

Caregiving 101 through 1001

Dont panicI’ve written several articles over the years about the importance of assembling a caregiving team when caring for a loved one – a team that doesn’t necessarily rely on family because not everyone has a participatory family when it comes to these matters. Of all the life-changes we encounter during our journey, caregiving is one of  – if not the most difficult – speed bump to get over.

Caregiving: the ultimate team sport suggests how one might use the strengths of each team/family member to handle the varied needs during the caregiving journey.

Family dynamics that hamper caregiving success exposes the need to let go of stereotypes or childhood roles that don’t serve siblings well as adults.  If ever there was a time to work together for the greater good – taking care of a family member with dementia or other terminal illness – this ranks right up there at the top.

Solo caregiving addresses the needs of the person who appears to be strapped with fulfilling all the roles needed for a successful caregiving venture.  As the sole caregiver, you need not settle into those roles, not without the help of other, well-meaning individuals.  Certainly, much relies on the neighbor, coworker, even casual acquaintance, but said entities are a resource from which much assistance can be found.

Caring gumby figuresAnd here are several more articles for the caregivers out there – and those acquainted with a caregiver – to provide some wisdom and encouragement through the tough times:  Continue reading

Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceGot a letter from a friend of mine yesterday. She writes: The other day, I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly inspired  that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper.

Boy am I glad I did! What an uplifting experience followed! I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection – lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is – and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed! I found out LOTS of people love Jesus!

Why, while I was sitting there, the guy behind me started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out his window and screamed, “For the love of GOD! GO! Jesus Christ, GO!” What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!  Continue reading

Our school of hard knocks: life


Painting courtesy of Mary Riesche Studios

Painting courtesy of Mary Riesche Studios

Okay, my life isn’t always crappy, quite frankly, it’s rarely crappy.  I’ve had a great life and I certainly can’t complain too loudly.  But I’ve learned many things in my umpteen years of life, one of which is that there are teaching moments – and teachers – all around us and if we’re diligent students, we’ll learn something new now and then.

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel in his book 365 Subscriptions for the Soul, brings up this topic in one of his daily meditations.  He starts out by offering the following Taoist quote:

When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

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Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceThere was a female business executive who was late for a meeting.

She is going 65 mph on a street where the speed limit is 40.

A cop pulls her over and says, “Ma’am, can I please see your license?”

She says, “I’m sorry, officer, but I got it revoked two years ago for drunk driving.”

His brow furrows and he straightens up.  “Well, can I please see the registration of your car?”

She says, “I stole the car and killed the driver; he’s in the trunk.”  Continue reading

Why I love the internet

http-895558_640Sure, it’s convenient and very utilitarian for our every-day use.  As a writer, I benefit greatly from an online Thesaurus to use alternate words.  Case in point,  there’s gotta be a better way to say, “Colleen got angry (irked, vexed, indignant, apoplectic, choleric) when traffic made her late for her hair appointment.”

And among the many other reasons for which I use the internet, I count on it for quick access to a recipe for an I’m too exhausted to be creative meal on a Monday night or in the alternative, a restaurant that’s not too far away from home and can seat us at the last minute.  Bottom line, I take full advantage of what the inter-web has to offer.

But the biggest reason I love the internet is that it reaches anyone who has access to any type of computer device – especially those in need of some sort of assistance when sorting out the difficulties of life.  My need for a dining alternative pales in comparison to someone searching for help when caring for someone with a debilitating illness.

Caring gumby figuresOne of the blogs I follow: My Dementia Experience, is written by a woman, NorCalMom, who takes care of her mother-in-law.  This delightful caregiver also has five children of her own.  But NorCalMom jumped into caregiving with both feet in 2013 when Marie, her mother-in-law, moved in with her and the rest of her household because of Marie’s advancing dementia.  Reading just one of this blogger’s posts will show an outsider what types of challenges NorCalMom faces on an ongoing basis.

As caregivers, and I’ve been one as well, we oftentimes “wing it” when it comes to handling the day-to-day, and shockingly acute, issues that occur during our caregiving journey.  The unpredictable nature of Alzheimer’s or other dementia makes even the most mundane activities frustratingly impossible to handle with only a layman’s knowledge of providing care.  For example, how does one communicate with a person who can no longer understand what is said to her and who can no longer respond cogently to questions proferred by their primary care person?

Caregivers need psychic powers to unravel the mystery of care providing.  Or do they?  Continue reading

Focus on Caring: raising children who care

Source: 7 Ways To Help Your Kids Embrace Kindness – By Lucy Martial

Compassion facesWe’ve all heard the admonishment that we should lead by example.  The intent of that statement focuses on providing good examples for not only our own children and grandchildren, but also our neighbors’ children, school students, and all other young people with whom we come in contact.  The final increment of this Focus on Caring series suggests that adopting an attitude of caring is best started at an earlier age.

If we live in such a way that our words and actions positively influence the younger set among us, we are to be rewarded.  But if our actions negatively influence children, we’ve done them – and the world – a grave disservice.

The article attached above from the Kindness Blog – a website that ONLY provides stories that focus on kindness – lists seven suggestions for effectuating kindness in children.

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Lighten up Mondays

Happy sunshine faceA middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.  While on the operating table she had a near-death experience.

Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up, Lord?”  God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months, and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck.  Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well look good. Continue reading

My plea for print news media

I love, love, love to read my local print newspaper, The Seattle Times, each morning.

 If a daily edition is late due to inclement weather, I will read the paper on my tablet, but only if I’m quite certain the print edition won’t arrive, e.g., snow, power lines across the roads, the end of the world as we know it, etc.

But I don’t want to read the paper on my tablet  – or sitting at my computer – as  my only option.


The other local area newspaper, Seattle Post Intelligencer, switched to online-only several years ago.  I’m thrilled that the Seattle PI is still available to readers but I fear the remaining local newspaper will end up with the same fate.

Why do I think so?  Continue reading

Perfecting our life’s target practice

Are you going in circles?

Are you going in circles?

Dr. Bernie Siegel, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, provided the following regarding the art of focusing on the right target for our lives.  The first quote is very timely advice by the late, great, Yogi Berra:


You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. – Yogi Berra

Your target in life helps you to direct your course.  So before you aim, be sure you choose the right target.

What are you aiming for?  What is your goal?  What goals are you trying to achieve?  What are you trying to hit?  These are the questions you need to ask yourself, because they tell you your direction and where you will end up.

The more target practice you engage in, the more likely you are to hit the bull’s-eye.


Take the time to refocus on your target.  Ask the questions often to be sure to hone in on your center.

Art worth viewing: spotlight on Mary Riesche

Warf at Monterey, CA

Warf at Monterey, CA

There’s an artist in Vacaville, California, Mary Riesche, who paints in such a way that what she sees – and the way she sees it – comes alive on every canvas she fills.

Ms. Riesche is a Baby Boomer, like myself, and many of you.  She has painted since she could hold a crayon and hasn’t stopped.  Her retirement consists of capturing the beauty she sees in her travels, and sharing them with the public at very reasonable prices.

Mary Riesche Studios, her virtual art studio, is a great place to look for extremely well-priced pieces.

Ocean Park on Maui

Ocean Park on Maui

She currently has a spotlight show at the Vacaville Art League and Gallery  that consists of some of her smaller, mixed media selections.  This particular show only runs through October 3, 2015 so if you live in the northern California area, you must have a look-see of some of her paintings.

0129 Truck at Rush Ranch

Truck at Rush Ranch

Additionally, her entire inventory of paintings can be found on her Mary Riesche Studios website and unless otherwise noted, are available for sale.

Focus on Caring: The ties that bind us

This week’s story is right out of a fabulous blog that I follow, The Kindness Blog.  I’m submitting the story as it was written, in the 1st person, by the person involved.

dome-of-the-rock-574488_640I was in a really bad three-car accident a few years ago where a drunk driver ran a red light and hit another lady and me – the other lady died.  This couple who had been leaving the Mosque across the street heard the accident happen and came running to help.  It was cold out and I was just sitting on the side of the road shivering and cold.  Continue reading