Category Archives: Alexis Rankin Popik

SHELTERING AND THINKING

We have been “Sheltering in Place” like most Californians since we returned from Cuba earlier this week.  The word “shelter” has a very comforting sound, and we all need as much comfort as we can get in this very weird time.   … Continue reading

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DON’T TRUST ME

Do your friends trust your judgment in books?  I am often asked what I have enjoyed reading lately.  The problem is, I haven’t been enjoying many prize-winning books. I feel sad saying what no one wants to hear: “I’m reading … Continue reading

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LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, PART II

From the archive: This week, many readers wrote to me with their own versions of what is Living Your Best Life.  Here is a sampling.  It comes as no surprise that no one’s best life includes owning a private jet … Continue reading

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Like Me!

Some things never change.  One of them is the importance of “Likes” on my Facebook author’s page.  If you haven’t already clicked “Like,” I’d be grateful if you would do so. FROM THE ARCHIVE: Time to “Like” me again. I … Continue reading

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TIME AND FRIENDS

From the archive: Nobody sees a flower, really; it is so small.We haven’t time, and to see takes time–like to have a friend takes time. —Georgia O’Keeffe In the past two weeks I have spent time with old friends and … Continue reading

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FOOD FADS: PLEASE, NO MORE KALE

From the Archive: Last week I read that one of the best foods to prevent dementia is kale.  Oh my.  Kale has long been on my list of dreaded greens.  Food Fads come and go. One that has lasted way … Continue reading

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FEAR AND HAPPINESS

“What I Fear Most” is the homework (tarea) essay in my Spanish Conversation Group this week. I have been brooding about this for a few days and realize that I try not to think about my fears.  Focusing on fear doesn’t … Continue reading

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Poem: A writer’s lament during the holidays — Musings, Magic, San Miguel and More

Note: This hilarious “poem” is by my friend Robert Hawkins, who perfectly captures what I go through in the days before I post my weekly blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Alexis That moment when … Continue reading

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EMINENT VS. IMMINENT

With the news of the past week even more scary and depressing than what has become normal, I find myself focusing on what I know much more about than the very complicated crisis in the Middle East:  the English language.  Words matter.  Thus, … Continue reading

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RESOLUTIONS 2020 AND OTHER B.S.

 Every New Year, I make resolutions that I seldom keep.  This year the resolution I hope will succeed is to stop swearing.  The problem is, I enjoy swearing.  It’s a small and satisfying way to let off steam.  I would like to think it … Continue reading

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