Category Archives: My California

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art Is An Abalone Shell

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘Work of Art’.  Michelle defines it this way: “Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning — even food. Show us a … Continue reading

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Friends, Phones and Phubbing: Do We Have A Failure To Communicate?

Ever been out with a friend and halfway through your cosy little chat they stop to check their texts and emails? Well, you might be surprised to know that if so, you have just been ‘phubbed’. What does this mean?  … Continue reading

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A Lingering Look At Windows: High Voltage Tattoo Parlor

Tattoos anyone? It’s been a while since I posted some photos for Dawn’s A Lingering Look At Windows challenge so to get started up again, I’m spicing things up a bit.  Well, for me anyway!  Your average English country garden … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Aspie Girl On The Move

It occurred to me recently that where I live now is the longest I’ve lived in one house (six years) for the past 35 years.   Up until now, it would have been five years but the average ‘stay’ was … Continue reading

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True Crime, Freesias and a Happy Easter

My conversations with my dad are not what most daughters have with their fathers.  For one thing, they are held over the telephone most Sundays when he calls me from home prison.  For another, our conversations aren’t exactly run-of-the-mill. Our … Continue reading

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Threshold of a New Beginning

On the threshold of a new beginning, a point of entering. This week, over at the Weekly Photo Challenge, Krista asks us to share a photo that captures that moment ‘just before a new beginning — that split-second moment in … Continue reading

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The Best Conversations Are In Cars

Since sharing in my last post about all the different writing voices screaming in my head, I’ve managed to quieten down a few of them, although not enough to feel too smug.  Not smug at all in fact.  Still, my … Continue reading

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WPC: Inside My Hope-Filled English Garden

This week’s  Weekly Photo Challenge theme is ‘Inside’.  This is my interpretation.  Here’s hoping. Walking around my garden today, I can’t help thinking how different things are compared to last year when we were in the grip of a long, … Continue reading

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The Luck of the Irish and My Californian Earthquake

Today is St Patrick’s Day, as if you didn’t know.  You would think that since I am a quarter Irish thanks to my paternal grandmother, I would be leaping about all over the place to the strains of Riverdance (and … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Separation and Thank you Todd Fisher

This is how the story goes : Me to my kids: “I once met Clint Eastwood while horse-riding in the Hollywood hills with your father. He was coming towards me on his horse and as he passed by he tipped … Continue reading

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