These Fires Run Deep: April 2022

I saw a bumper sticker a few days ago that read: “Remember your grandparents were at Woodstock” and it got me thinking. It may be difficult to conjure images of today’s gray-hairs adorned in tie-dyed rags, torn jeans and stringy long hair, smoking pot and getting jiggy with it while rolling around in muddy fields,Continue reading “These Fires Run Deep: April 2022”

Just Say “Hi”: March 2022

Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but I’d venture to say, Palm Springs is one of the most friendly places on the planet. And, as we traverse these “times that try men’s souls” to quote Thomas Paine, there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that. Yes, I can already hear the “How can you makeContinue reading “Just Say “Hi”: March 2022″

Take a Hike: February 2022

I have never considered myself to be “outdoorsy.” I mean, sure I liked to camp every now and then, and I appreciated the wide open spaces, but I am not one of those REI-inspired, granola-eating, wool sock-wearing kinda people. Then, I moved to Palm Springs. Throughout my life I had been drawn to the magnificentContinue reading “Take a Hike: February 2022”

Good Deed Doing: January 2022

A little good can go a long way. I discovered this over recent months as frustration with issues like homelessness, COVID and the divisiveness in this country began to weigh on my shoulders like a 10 pound sack of russets. I wondered, “What could I, one small speck of a human being, do to improveContinue reading “Good Deed Doing: January 2022”

Just Who Is Nextdoor: November 2021

When I first bought my home in Palm Springs you can imagine my excitement at receiving an email inviting me to get local updates on my very own “Movie Colony East” neighborhood.  The web site was Nextdoor.com and I signed up and put up my first post. “Hi, I’m Manny and I look forward toContinue reading “Just Who Is Nextdoor: November 2021”

Learning to Detach: October 2021

Take a deep breath for five long seconds. Hold it for five. Now, release for five. Doesn’t that feel much better? If the above sounds familiar, it is because it is a commonly used breathing technique to help reduce stress. And, it’s been something I’ve been practicing a lot lately. You see, it appears thatContinue reading “Learning to Detach: October 2021”

The Persistence of Memory: September 2021

These days, memories perplex me. It’s not that I forget them, nor is it time to start investing in Prevagen, but rather that they persist in taking up valuable brain space, much more so than in the past. Thus, I find there is often little room in my over-taxed, pint-size brain to store them all,Continue reading “The Persistence of Memory: September 2021”

Aging Has Its Advantages: August 2021

I recently hit that golden plateau – you know the big 6-0! Even though the awareness that I likely have between 20- to 30-years left on planet earth freaked me out a bit, I have since adopted the “Emperor Wears News Clothes” approach to life and am boldly moving into the last third of myContinue reading “Aging Has Its Advantages: August 2021”

Massive Marilyn Moons Museum: July 2021

Anyone who lives in Palm Springs knows the most divisive debate taking place over recent months was not whether to mask or not, but rather where to place — or where not to place — the iconic Marilyn Monroe statue, “Forever Marilyn,” as she makes her triumphant return to the desert. This towering 26-foot sculptureContinue reading “Massive Marilyn Moons Museum: July 2021”