The Santa Ana Winds

Even though The Lily Cafe isn't opening until January, I wanted to take some time now to address the Santa Ana winds currently blowing through Southern California. The fires that have broken out and have been fanned by these relentless winds have been in the news, and my thoughts, for the past few days. As … Continue reading The Santa Ana Winds

Grand Re-opening!

The Lily Cafe was my first blog, the first place I ever shared my writings with people I didn't know. It suffered when my first baby was born, as I struggled to write and be a good mother. Even though I recently started a book blog and now have a second baby, I long for … Continue reading Grand Re-opening!


Hello? Does anyone still read this? Since it's been such a long, long, long time, I'll be surprised if anyone sees this post. But if you do stumble by, hello. It's been 3 years since I started writing about how motherhood was impacting my writing and almost 3 years since my last post (yikes!). Which … Continue reading Hello?

Happy Halloween!

A Halloween Nightmare You’re one step away from the doorstep. You take that step and suddenly— You’re in a dark, forbidding forest. Branches wave in the frigid wind. They look like fingers reaching— Reaching to tear life from you. It grows darker and colder. The forest is lit by only the white moon. A high, … Continue reading Happy Halloween!

Motherhood: The intersection with writing

This is where I share my writings. This is not where I share my life. But being a mother is interfering with my writing; it's all I can think about. It's a good interference, but I still long for those days where I can sit for as long as I want and just write. Now … Continue reading Motherhood: The intersection with writing


I think in symbols And letters and numbers I add accents and tildes Swoops and swishes Signs and symbols Until letters are blurs And numbers hidden Like a Baroque piece of music Ornamented like a Christmas tree Elegance overcomplicated The real meaning shrouded.

My love, part 4

The last part of this long poem. Happy February, everyone! Now I'm off to wait for Spring. Proving love was stronger than time and passage I knew he was meant to be mine One day a new doctor came to the clinic I decided it was time for a check-up The new doctor became my … Continue reading My love, part 4

My love, part 3

Part 3 of this long poem! The summer went by fast We never said a word to each other In August he left for college Where I did not know I left a day later To the private college Red Vine University My dorm was in White Rod After I was settled My roommate Jasmine … Continue reading My love, part 3

My Love, part 2

And the long love poem continues. Check out the first part here. The years swirled past And still I saw him only those times But I knew he was still there Maybe watching me For I saw the curtains sway When there was no wind Freshman year ended Sophomore swirled past Junior left in a … Continue reading My Love, part 2

Weather as my Least Favorite Character

As you may have seen from my previous post, I was going to write this yesterday, but found myself without any power. I really should start writing these posts in advance. As a native Southern Californian (born and raised!) I knew two seasons: the occasional rain during the winter months and fire season later in … Continue reading Weather as my Least Favorite Character