Author Archives: Bill D.

About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who has enjoyed working as a docent in a well-known historic house museum, and now is a proud volunteer in San Diego's newest state-of-the-art hospital, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. He enjoys reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)

A kitten stole our house and hearts

After 10 years of focusing on our Airstream trailer and camping, we sold the trailer and turned our attention to renewing our 1952 wood shingle and stucco house in need of repair and repainting. In preparation for the arrival of … Continue reading

Posted in Cat, Corgi, Food, House

Holiday Cactus Greetings

This Night Blooming Cereus bloom reminds us that even in the midst of thorny situations, beauty arises and inspires us to persevere and thrive in spite of obstacles. This Night Blooming Cereus, Peniocereus greggii, is from a cutting given to … Continue reading

Posted in Deserts, Flowers

Something is rotten in the state of… the Starfish Cactus

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” Officer Marcellus says to sentry Horatio as Hamlet determinedly seeks to follow his father’s ghost and hear his words.  [The Tragedy of Hamlet – Prince of Denmark (1.4.90)… also see this scene … Continue reading

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Finding beauty in a dark world with a Golden Torch

Sometimes our country and the world seem to be sinking into a dark place where evil and hatred are triumphing over goodness and love, resulting in a pervading sense of hopelessness and depression. But sometimes all it takes for us … Continue reading

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Families belong together 2

Instead of going to the beach or having a summer picnic on the last Saturday of June, we joined people in San Diego (that was part of Mexico from 1821 to 1848, and Spain before that, and Kumeyaay – Native … Continue reading

Posted in Larry, Politics, San Diego, Tourist destinations

Families belong together

5000+ people took part yesterday (June 23) in downtown San Diego’s rally and march with the theme Families Belong Together,* which kicked off a week of protests that will culminate in nationwide protests on Saturday, June 30th, in support of … Continue reading

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They’re working me to life!

When I arrive, the surgery waiting room already has a sprinkling of families and friends anxiously waiting to visit their loved ones who have been escorted by nurses to the Pre-Op room beginning at 6 am.  By 7 am, I … Continue reading

Posted in Corgi, Flowers, Gardens, Health, Larry, Meditations, Mindfulness | 2 Comments