Meeting my high school teacher 38 years later

Reconnecting with My High School Teacher

Who was your favorite high school teacher? Mine was Mrs. Myrra Lee, of Helix High School in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego. Through an odd, but emotional set of circumstances, I discovered Mrs. Lee  was celebrating her 90th birthday in San Diego in July 2016, and her family posted an open invitation on Facebook to …

Continue reading Reconnecting with My High School Teacher

Street Name in San Francisco's China Town

Weekly Photo Challenge: Taking Names

The WordPress weekly photo challenge offers a new theme every Friday. This week it is Names. This photo was taken in San Francisco's China Town. My name: Webster Street, complete with Chinese characters.   While in San Diego recently, I used my new camera (its name, by the way, is Panasonic Lumix FZ300) to get these …

Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Taking Names

May the road rise up to meet you; Irish Blessing

Hidden Celtic Names for St. Patrick’s Day

Nearly everyone in the U.S. and beyond loves to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I can tell you that the day is not just about green beer, corned beef and shamrocks, although these symbols are gleefully recognized in the celebration of Irish culture. For my St. Patrick’s Day post I thought I would introduce my Celtic ancestry. …

Continue reading Hidden Celtic Names for St. Patrick’s Day

Old Coloma School

The Haunting of Old Coloma School

Have you ever entered an old historical building and felt the presence of spirits? “We can still hear the sounds of children playing in the auditorium at certain quiet times during the day,” says one city worker. Another person swears she has heard ghostly footsteps of children running up and down the stairs as if …

Continue reading The Haunting of Old Coloma School

San Diego Presidio

Sunday Stills: San Diego Presidio

Last Sunday, Ed from Sunday Stills challenged us to share a photograph depicting a subject with a history of over 100 years. This photo also serves as my fourth entry for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. While I was in San Diego during the third week in March, my daughter and I took a …

Continue reading Sunday Stills: San Diego Presidio

Teacher of the Year

When I was in high school, I had the distinct honor of having a teacher who became the National Teacher of the Year in 1977. Her name was Myrra Lee. Mrs. Lee taught three incredible courses that forever changed my life. In tenth grade, sophomore year, all students were required to take Social Living. This …

Continue reading Teacher of the Year

Perspectives On…Pearl Harbor Day

Seventy-three years ago on December 7, 1941, pilots of the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the naval base in Honolulu's Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack, killing 2,350 people. Heralded as "a date that will live in infamy," the United States of America declared war on Japan and entered into World War Two. I had the opportunity a few …

Continue reading Perspectives On…Pearl Harbor Day