Isn’t it interesting the way any random collection of leaves, seed pods, twigs and/or blossoms that fall on the sidewalk form a kind of evocative, beautifully proportioned, “painting”?
I often attend 5:30 pm Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary on a gritty strip of Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood. IHM is hard by a Rite-Aid, a Staples, a Metro station, a number of Armenian groceries, and LA City College. Inside the door is a side chapel before which can usually be found […]
The last couple of weeks I’ve gone to 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. I was confirmed and made my first Communion there back in 1986 and the whole complex will always retain a special place in my heart. Afterwards I walk over to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, […]
I’m house-sitting for my dear friend Julia and as I told her, have been spending lots of time supine on the blue-green velvet couch leafing through photo books of Maasai warriors, Garry Winogrand, and Gardens of the Berkshires. It’s always interesting inhabiting someone else’s “space.” “Wardrobes with their shelves, desks with their drawers, and chests […]
My mother is slowly shutting down. The people at the nursing home said this is normal and natural. Days, weeks: we don’t know. I’m back in L.A. and I probably won’t return. And it’s been hard to think or write of anything else. Last Friday, my little sister Meredith, my brother Ross, my nephew Allen […]
Bodies disappear like ghostsbecome invisibleuntouchable absentdiscovered in bathtubsfainting on streetsswaying on stretchersdeparting with a photograph in handfreed from a watch a wedding ring an umbrellabeautiful as during a nuptial nightnakedtruly faithful this time for everfriends with silencethat is with things in themselvesreturning through the side door of a dreamsuddenly omnipresentscreaming without soundfrom inconsolable longing —Anna […]
Mom is fading and one of the hard things about living across the country is not being able to “time” when the “right” time is to come home. At any given moment the report from home can be Mom’s dying, Mom’s resurrected; Mom’s not eating, Mom’s eating again; they’re transferring Mom to hospice, hospice can […]