Marshallville Stories Now on Audible.com

Optimism

Grieving for Morocco

MEMORIES OF MARRAKESH AND ITS UNFORGETTABLE MEDINA I never really learned my way around. But my brief stay in the Medina — ancient center…

Super Moon, Super Blue Moon

A SUMMERTIME OF MOON WATCHING COMES TO A SPECTACULAR CLOSE The Super Blue Moon, after shining spectacularly over San Francisco Bay and the surrounding…

Treasures With A Thousand Faces

WHAT MATTERS AFTER ALL: ALMOST A CENTURY OF FRIENDS (Written in response to a Medium.com invitation to write about one’s treasures) What would you…

Welcome to my digital world. I’ve been writing (for newspapers, magazines, online sites) since the 1950s, and blogging since first introduced to the idea via a paid blog for news aggregate site True/Slant in 2009. My roots are in small town Virginia and my heart is in hometown San Francisco. For more than you ever wanted to know, click on the tabs above. Current essays and hopefully enlightening &/or entertaining thoughts are under the Blog tab, or grouped in my most frequent categories below. Thanks for visiting!

Current big news: MARSHALLVILLE STORIES is HERE and available on Amazon and AudibleYou can read about its genesis in this blog post. Or, here’s a 2-minute sample from the audiobook (video by Sara Vitale, narration by Katherine Conklin.)

COVID Collection

Solving the Abortion Rights Problem

A SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE PLAN ACCEPTABLE TO PRO-CHOICE AND ANTI-ABORTION SIDES ALIKE Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash I don’t know why nobody’s thought of this before. Recent…

Should You Eat That Eel?

AND OTHER NOT-SO-DIFFICULT LIFE CHOICES Not for dinner! An eel at the Academy of Sciences aquarium in San Francisco (Author photo) The eel in…

The Price of Politics Today

WHEN DID WE LET CRUELTY GO MAINSTREAM ? KQED’s Marisa Lagos with Representative Adam Schiff, July 21 (Author photo) “I can’t stand that millions…

America

Watching an Urban Mall Die

Downtown America stares into a challenging, unknown future Westfield Mall’s main entrance on a Saturday afternoon To be clear: I love San Francisco. I…

The Wild Witch Speaks

OR – How I want to be remembered I come from several generations of mostly women — who may or may not be witches. The youngest…

People-Watching at the Museum

VIEWERS CAN SOMETIMES BE AS INTERESTING AS THE ART ON VIEW (View of the water, and Holocaust Memorial, from in front of the Legion…

End of Life

Old Age Needn’t Be the Pits

ONE 90-YEAR-OLD’S ARGUMENT FOR KINDNESS, GRATITUDE AND A DOSE OF ACTIVISM Photo by Daphné Richard on Unsplash Turning 90 — which I am now happily doing — is a mixed bag.…

Longevity — with Gritted Teeth

Crime and Punishment in Casablanca

A MORALITY TALE, OF SORTS, FOR OUR TIME Photo by you deal on Unsplash (NB — Key illustrations for this article were clipped from a video of…

Feminist Collection

The World from Several Rooftops

SNAPSHOTS FROM AN INTRODUCTORY VISIT TO SPAIN AND MOROCCO Seville B&B rooftop There’s something about rooftops, where you can look out over the city…

Four Things You Cannot Fix at 3 AM

A CAREFULLY RESEARCHED SELF-HELP GUIDE Photo by Megan te Boekhorst on Unsplash 1 — That small, niggly message from your stomach that says it needs a couple…

The Brave New AI World

WITH A SALUTE TO THE HUMANOID BRAINS OF WRITERS PAST Photo by Andrea De Santis on Unsplash I was confronted with an ad on a busy urban…