Tag: Ilene Hubbs

Priorities Matter

| May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

I knew the dreaded phone call would come one day, the call telling me my rent has been raised. Living directly across the street from Balboa Park is like living oceanfront. Just like there is only so much oceanfront property, there is also only so much facing the park. It is a lovely place to […]

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New Neighbors Who Live on the Streets

| February 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Don’t touch the walk button with your bare hand,” I admonished my granddaughter as we crossed the street to visit Balboa Park. “Either use your elbow or pull your sleeve over your fingers when you push the button.” When she visits me her favorite thing to do is to go to Balboa Park right across […]

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Welcoming the Future

| January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Saying goodbye to 2017, I realize, invokes very mixed feelings. There were some good times and some sad times. It is the first full year without my oldest son and every little celebration brought his absence to the forefront. It is never easy, we will always miss him, but it truly does ease up with […]

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A New Kind of Family

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving dinner is over and Hanukkah and Christmas are yet to be. It is very different now. As a child holidays included grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. A big crowd and a wonderful memory. Then as a young married, holidays were my family, my parents, my in-laws, and my sister and brother’s families, […]

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And Life Goes On

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although 40 years have flown by since we lived near each other, my dear friends, Bob and Arlene, and I have kept in faithful touch. We talk all the time and although we are on opposite coasts, we try to visit at least once a year. But my visit to North Carolina this time was […]

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(619) 200-????

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I can’t remember my best friend’s phone number. To be honest, I only have two people’s phone numbers memorized. It wasn’t always that way, I used to know everyone’s number by heart, and some addresses, but that was long, long ago in those prehistoric pre-cellphone days. Now my phone knows everything that I do not. […]

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A Sense of Self

| July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am a writer. It took me years to feel comfortable about saying that. I was always something else. I was a student, a wife and a mother at various times of my life. Professionally I was a press aide to a congressman, a cultural arts director, a nonprofit executive and lastly a CEO. All […]

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Do Not Annoy or Molest the Alligators

| June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Do Not Annoy or Molest the Alligators

Guessing game…where am I? There is no upper age limit for women on wearing short shorts or for men who cut the sleeves out of their tee shirts. Gnomes, pink flamingoes and leaping dolphins’ main habitat is front yards of homes. There are billboards that flash noting how long it will take, at any given […]

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Endings and Beginnings

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was a short romance, not even five months before he returned to the woman from whom he was separated, and I returned to thinking of him as the dear friend he was before the “romance.” I adore this man. He was always fun, always a good time, but in that short period of time, […]

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Watching Over Me

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

February, the love month, and just who do I love? Lately my six-year old granddaughter Mila is leading the pack. How can I not love her best when she answers questions like this: Me: “I have not seen you in a month, do you still remember me?” Her: “Of course I remember you, you’re my […]

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