On Being the Filling and Refilling that Well!

When I used to grouse about how life interfered with my writing schedule,  my friend, Richard Harnett,  always brushed it away saying "You're refilling your writer's well, Kel." Every moment of living adds another drop to your writer's well


It always made me feel good to hear that. To think those times I was so busy with living I couldn't write would one day, serve my writing.

My well is filling, brimming, overflowing . . .  It's been keeping me from posting here--sorry for that. But this is life: rich, messy, exciting, unpredictable, scary--definitely a piled high, deli sandwich.

To paraphrase  Auntie Mame, "If life is a banquet I'm stuffing myself." (Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.)

Mom's  the bottom layer.  Hers is a stodgy, crusty, nutty and grainy end of the loaf slice, anchoring our open-faced sandwich.

Mom, Mary Ellen, Grandma at M&M's wedding last September.

Mom has been in and out of rehab and hospital the past few years. Heavy as it may be, it's a spicy, interesting layer as it has brought me closer to my brother Joe and his family as we band together to support mom.

Grace Goofing


Devin Rocking Out

Curtis and my move from Indonesia to Trinidad and New York last year, brought with it a whole new bag of flavors we're sampling. It's predictable and surprising as dried seaweed sprinkes.

Son Max's wedding to Michelle in Long Island last summer, added a flavorful, thick ham and sweet, spicy saucy layer.

M&M Riding into the Sunset

Daughter, Lexi's wedding to Ryan, scheduled for this November in Turks and Caicos, is proving pesto--fresh & complex with zing!

Lexi & Ryan's Engagement Party


Cake Tasting . . . before


and after--I helped!

My new, long awaited picture book, Vampire Baby--the gumbo, sambal, curry layer adds fuel.

Crawling your way July 9th!


And soon to come--and feeling real courtesy of these 3D photos--our newest layer: a grandbaby! Max and Michelle's baby--a festive topper--arrives this August!

I wonder, could those toes . . .


Sneak Preview

Yep, that well is brimming! And that's some kinda ink! In the meantime, our Dagwood-style sandwich is growing taller and more interesting. A banquet indeed!

When life gets in the way of your creating, loosen your belt buckle so you, too, can enjoy the banquet. And think ink! INK!

Please stay tuned for more!

Selamat makan! Happy filling and refilling!

Every person, experiences, encounter is another ingredients added to the Dagwood