The First Anniversary

Thursday was tough, I’ll admit it. The 24th was a sad day, but I had some wonderful friends come over for coffee as soon as I had dropped off the kids at their schools. One brought me roses from her garden and another took a walk with me on the beach. Though...

Bone Gardens

I’ve continued to use the practice of painting as a healing balm, which has been especially helpful in these August weeks so close to the year mark of Vernon’s death ( the date is tomorrow, in fact!)  You may not be able to know without being told that all...

Remember Me

The memories continue to resurface from last year. I hope people don’t mind my sharing so many of them. I wonder if I’ll do the same next year. Maybe. Why not? I don’t want to forget.  As I’ve said before, its a lot like childbirth…such a...

Summer’s End (with Hamster)

On This Day in History: The kids started school last year and I went up to Costa Mesa with my packed bags, planning to stay near Vernon as long as I needed to (which turned out to be eight days.) No matter what, I was NOT going to miss his death…at least, I...

From/For the Archives

I received a surprise email yesterday from an old student friend of Vernon’s, someone I’ve never heard from before.  I’ll share some of it here to keep it in the Vernon-archives. It’s pretty funny. Dear Allison, I hope that you don’t mind...