Category Archives: Mental Health

Spring has still sprung!

The Vernal Equinox arrives today in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning spring has finally come – even amidst the strange and unnerving times we’re currently living in. The onset and frightening spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has brought nations and … Continue reading

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A More Common Flower at Solstice

Somehow it’s already the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere), when traditions prompt us to celebrate midsummer‘s fertility with festivals and bonfires. Earth’s rotational axis on this day tilts at its greatest incline toward the star that it orbits – … Continue reading

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Fire Stories and Signs of Hope

The evening of October 8 began strangely – we went outside and remarked on the warm, high winds. That night, the deadliest fire in state history blazed throughout northern California, awakening residents of multimillion-dollar homes as well as mobile homes … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

How is it already Mother’s Day? It’s already been over a year since I started writing This Little Plot, and I’ve enjoyed it more than I can express. As someone who all too easily gets caught up in worrying about … Continue reading

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“Obshii Yazik” – a Common Language

I recently returned to Russian-language study after a long hiatus during which I was focusing on writing. The process has been a shock, discovering how much one can forget, even in a few short months. Newly lost to me were … Continue reading

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Mother Nature

Yesterday I walked with my husband through Golden Gate Park. One of our city’s most wonderful and varied resources, it reveals deeply hidden treasures each time we visit. From the entrance near 9th Avenue, we ambled all the way down … Continue reading

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Following Saturn

Last week, amazingly, a clear night in San Francisco! Using our poor-quality telescope on the landing between our apartment and little back office, my husband B. and I searched for Saturn for weeks, but due to clouds, fog, and occasional … Continue reading

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