Two New Grandchildren

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Flowers for my two daughter-in-laws, Leila and Victoria! And two new beautiful, healthy grandchildren, Rya and Ezekiel.  I’m up to six now!

I held Rya yesterday and my heart was pitter-patter hearing her little coos and sighs as she settled into sleep. So precious, so sweet!  She has a head of soft hair.  Before falling asleep, as I held her close, Rya opened her eyes to see who I was, alert and thoughtful.
Yes, a bonding moment for us.  The parents are adjusting to their first with team effort.
A child is a major life adjustment and Rya thrives.

When I traveled to Texas the beginning of May, I held my robust grandson Ezekiel.  He was almost ten pounds at birth, and about a month old during my visit.  He has two older sisters, age three and two, and I send a salute to Victoria.  She barely has time to breathe with three little ones.

May 2018, I held all of my grandchildren at some time during the month. That was an amazing feat.

Life marches forward.  Best wishes, LR

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NEW website

lr-8-x-10-_2-webAnnouncement:  new website:

As part of my journey with technology, I have designed a website with the help of “OtherPeoplesPixels”.  And there is a reason, I submitted an application for an Art Residency in 2019 and I needed a place to show my best work.

I consider this a Portfolio website versus a selling website, although I have greeting cards and will, in the near future make prints, of several of my best paintings.  But that involves more technology and I have to decide which ones to print.

Please visit my website and check it out.  I am taking a vote on favorite paintings.

Please let me know your three favorite paintings.  The name comes up when you toggle over the art.   Is the site easy to navigate?  Any comments will be appreciated.

Thanks.  LR


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2018 Year to Date

lr-8-x-10-_2-web The year has been a world wind so far. Work has been inspiring and I regret that it was only a part-time, four month project. The motivation has carried over into other projects with a determination to finish!

I’ve been busy designing a website, making sculpture figurines, advancing my photographic skills, painting.  And I am bringing some of my novel ideas out of mothballs.  Of course, I don’t do all things at the same time but I do set creative time every day.

Also, I seem to need less sleep.  I wake up early (today was 4:30 am).  Love early mornings.  I usually read in bed with my cup of coffee for the first hour.  Story ideas are beginning to move around in my head.

I will share details soon.  Best wishes, LR

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International Women’s Day 2018

LR Experiment in Color No 1 What do you know about International Women’s Day?  It’s coming up on March 8, 2018, with celebrations around the world during the month of March.  You can check out Wikipedia and other sites for a history.

Here’s a quote from  website:
 International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.​ Make IWD your day! – everyday!”

 Here’s a quote from United Nations website: 

Note: The United Nations recognized the day in 1975 and started giving a theme to the year in 1996.  The theme this year is:  Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transform Women’s Lives.

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.” ~ UN Secretary-General’s Message.
“The goal is to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and to celebrate the activists who are working relentless to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
The International Women’s Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women  around the world.  From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women’s activism over the decades has paved the way for women’s rights and a more equal future.”


A group in my community has organized an International Women’s Day celebration with the theme: Women & Arts & Humanity.   There will be a presenting of the “riveting play reading of Seven A Documentary Play by, for and about women from seven countries.”  Kim Abeles, a Los Angeles Activist and Award Winning Artist will be the guest speaker.  There will be a musical video or two, a silent auction of Art Objects, and social interaction.  I’m attending the event on March 10th.

I saw the play Seven last year and it is profoundly powerful.  It’s been traveling around the world and may be in your communities also.  Here’s the website: .

I am continuing to broaden my perspective and learn about this world that I live in.  My motto this year is:  Be Open to Change.


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Seed Growing

waiting-for-metro-after-womens-march-los-angeles-on-1-21-17A seed was planted last year when I attended the Woman’s March on January 21, 2017. See  I Was There!

Have I changed?  I thought I would give you an update.

The biggest change is that my perspective is expanding.  Three events this year have moved me along.  First, working in an educational setting has me thinking of new things and also meeting active people.

Second, one of the women I work with invited me to meet her at a Congressional District Debate on Women’s issues at a local Junior College.  I said, “Yes.”  I don’t remember attending political events in the past, so this may be a first.

In the large theater, I heard all the candidates speak their positions on different issues. Television, newspaper, radio are not the same: There is electric energy in a live audience.

Asking myself, “What is my opinion?  Can I take a stand?  Do I know enough to defend my position?  I have a lot to learn.

Another event, an educational show,  which is increasing my perspective is playing now on Netflix.  There is a Netflix Original Documentary titled Seeing Allred about the life and career of women’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred.  Almost all the events pictured in this video have occurred in my lifetime, yet I only had a fuzzy haze of memory about them.

Gloria Allred has spent her life leading a crusade for justice, fighting to improve the condition and status of women.  She’s been involved in the following issues: Equal work/equal pay, a woman’s freedom of choice over her own body, victim’s rights, fight for payroll deductions of child support payments, sexual harassment, equality, and many other issues.

I’m still digesting all the information in this film.

One thought that repeats through my mind:  Be Open to Change.  Be Open to Change.




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2018 Life Update

100_2552  I am going through a metamorphosis, of sorts.  My attitude is positive.  I am excited about a new challenge; a new job.  But, I’ve been spoiled for the last several years:  not having to set my alarm.  What a luxury!

This week I begin to set my first alarm at 5:45 a.m. and second alarm at 6 a.m.; starting Wednesday.  Yes, two alarms because I can’t oversleep.

Life seems to enjoy roadblocks.  My electricity went out on Monday for an hour or so.  Construction on the freeway is to begin any day now for the next year.  What’s that going to do to the drive?

I made the leap in technology last year to an iPhone(and iPad).
Love it!  I keep learning more about what my phone can do:  camera, photos, texting, TedTalk Podcasts, library e-books; and now I can go to the Clock App and set an alarm to wake me up….at 5:45 a.m.

I am grateful that I am an early riser; grateful that I am still experiencing challenges; grateful that I have a new job.

Best wishes to all.  LR

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Life Changes

Feather variety I was on one path setting goals to move me along and then I got a phone call… “am I interested in a short term, part time job with the School District.”  I jumped at the opportunity.  Just like that, my life changed.  I begin work in two weeks.

I’ll be a member of a team, traveling to all the high schools in the District.  There will be a learning curve for all members, which is a relief since I’ve never done this type of work before.

All kinds of things are going through my mind about tasks to prepare.

What time will I need to leave?  Set my alarm every day – 6am or 6:30 am?

What clothes are appropriate?  I’ve been dressing too casual.  Went shopping and got a few new things – all on Sale!

New Shoes – my old tennis shoes are comfortable, but I’ve worn them every day for a year.  I found some new black ones.

Still would like to get a hair cut, clean my home, prepare easy meals to freeze.

Anyway, lots of practical things to do.  I am so excited to undertake a new challenge.
I’ll work February to May and hopefully get my foot in the door for other employment.
Wish me luck…LR


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Goals: Social Media

LR floral sunflowersI spent some time this morning reading about Social Media with a focus on Instagram.  I’m like the turtle: slow and steady and wondered if “Throwback Thursday” applied to me.  Definitely have one foot still in the past.

Last year I made the leap to a Smartphone, and my world opened up.  Love the texting.  Love the photos. I do not have e-mails coming to my phone, so my workhorse is a PC office computer.  I also have an IPad and use that to check out library books via Ebooks and, Facetime my granddaughters too.  Definitely have my other foot in the present/future.

My technology goals for 2018 are to start an Instagram account; understand my existing Facebook/Messenger; acquire a “Square” or some other credit card payment system.

Any advice out there in Blog world?

Best wishes. LR

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Focus on 2018

Esalon Big Sur 2015Happy New Year!    I’m still re-reading my journal from last year and still clarifying my intentions for 2018. Some goals carry over from last year.

First focus is on TIME.  Commonly known, there are 24 hours in a day making 168 hours in a week.  First question, How am I spending my time?

My most notable experience last year was going to the Women’s March I Was There!.  I also participated in art shows, took several classes, attended two writers workshops, worked part-time, watched my grandsons, traveled to Cambria and San Luis Obispo.

I read the following books:
Quiet by Susan Cain
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Chasing Matisse by James Morgan
Without Reservation and Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach
M.C. Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamilton
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Money, Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Hours in a year:  8736.  I can and will do more in 2018.

Next, I need to get rid of limiting stories.  Last summer I was moved to write twenty short pieces of flash fiction.  I made a list of life changing events that had occurred in my life.  The shortest was 300 words and the longest about 900 words.  In order to release pain, I had to face my pain.  All of the twenty were of painful memories.  In 2018, I want to write about the life-changing events that were profound and happy.  I want to look forward, not back.

Find strategies that work.  This goal has to do with focus and organization.  January is the month to clutter clear.  I’ve already cleaned my bedroom, found clothes to pass on, gotten rid of all the piles that accumulated in my room last year.  This goal is on-going but I am getting smarter about it.  More often, I jump in, get it done, and free up time for other activities.

Focus on Health:  Exercise more, eat nutritious food, get my check-ups……

Here’s a quote for today.

“Where focus goes, energy flows.”

I like this one too:

“There’s nothing like the power of the human soul on fire.”


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Working on my Goals for 2018

This is a re-blog from ( on setting Guidelines for the new year.

via Checking Off The 2017 To-Do List

I’m still working on my list.  My process includes re-reading my journal from 2017.  How successful was I?  What were my new experiences?  Do I need to get more specific on my goals?

I will blog again after Monday, January 1, 2018.

Roses at Night,  Photograph by LR



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