Secret Alphabet

Hello Friends,

So, a long time ago I lived in an air shaft of an old brewery in the Mission district in San Francisco. I listened to punk rock and had black hair. I gave myself a tattoo (still regretting that particularly lame decision…) and in general, had a completely irresponsible experience, but a glorious one too while I figured out who I was. At least at the time…

There was this song by my favorite band called X and they were amazing. Are you with me? Anyway, they played a cover of an old Doors song you may remember. Soul Kitchen. In the song Jim Morrison refers to speaking in secret alphabets. Well, we took this rather literally (Hell, that is how I got the tattoo. I made the mistake of watching The Decline of Western Civilization which  showcased how to give yourself a tattoo.) and started writing our own secret alphabets. We wrote secret alphabets of things we didn’t like, things we loved, things we wanted, boys we had crushes on… I think you get the idea.

Basically it goes like this.

Things that I love about my life

A – Apples, Adoration, Artichokes,

B – Bumble Bees, Balloons, Ballet

C – Chocolate of course, Cuckoo Clocks, Coffee with cream, Crème Caramel, Champagne

D – Desire, Devotion, Daisies

E – Elephant babies, Excellence

F – Feathers, Frolicking, Fierce Loyalty

G – Going fast, Goals

H – Holy Places, Happiness

I – Ice Cream

J – Jets, as in being a jet setter

K – Knitting,

L – Love, Love, Love

M – Mothers, Monster Cookies, Music

N – Nutella on Croissants

O – Opulence

P – Poetry, Pearls, Presents

Q – Quilts of all kinds

R – Roses, Rainbows, Ranunculus, Reading

S – Snuggling

T – Tea in a proper cup

U – Undulating wheat on a windy day

V – Vows, Veils, Venice

W – Watching Waves

X – The band of course…

Y – Yonder places

Z – Zyrtec (it cures what ails my family, particularly during these months)

So, that is how you create a Secret Alphabet. Let me know what you come up with when you write yours!



The Creative Process

Hello Friends,

Sometimes we all need a little help along the way. I came across this a few weeks ago and I am sorry I don’t remember where, but it spoke to me. There is no time like right now to be reminded of this. As one of many who are struggling to find that perfect creative path. As one of many who are questioning their own talent or lack thereof. As one of many who wonder really if this is not just a big pile of self-indulgent whimsy. As one who wonders if she has the skill when it is clear she has the drive.

A gentle reminder from the great Ira Glass to:
Just Start…


Aging, Gracefully… Is it possible? I say, Yes!!

Hello Friends,

Aging gracefully. Raging against the dark night. Whichever path you choose to take, I hope it goes well for you. We all need mentors. We all need help along the way. This woman is aging how I hope to. Gracefully. She is present. She is active. She is lovely.

My friend Maia from julia warr on Vimeo.

This is so lovely. I posted it on my Facebook page and many, many people loved it. I thought you might like it too. Let me know what you think.