January 31, 2015

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips—Emergency Household Supplies

 My young pal Red Rock Ruth was on the phone last night talking about household emergency supplies. I have a lot of gear stored where I can grab it, so I felt pretty smug. That girl asked me what I should have that starts with the letter “g”. It kind of reminded me of a “knock knock” joke and I was stumped. All I could think of was “gum”. “No,” she said. “You need goggles for everyone in the house, so they can protect their eyes from blowing ashes and … [Read More...]

Kids in the Canyon: It’s A Small World After All

 At the risk of gifting you with a song that could possibly be stuck in your head for quite some time, I would like to share an observation I’ve made during the past year. The little people in our lives are living in a very small world. That world exists inside of a screen that is about 2” x 5,” in other words, the screen of a smart phone. Children as young as two are routinely handed a phone to “pl… [Read More...]

My Corner of the Canyon: Wake, My Children, Wake

 It’s a great big shiny New Year. Time to do great things. Time to jump into life and live it to the hilt, to laugh, to love, to dare! I see myself in action: writing, acting, a smiling wife, caring mother, concerned citizen, creative, organized, a balanced being, physically, emotionally, spiritually, reaching out, helping people, leading the way, shining the light. Nah. I seem to have absolutely no motivation. Somehow I want only to sit in the sun, … [Read More...]