Chalk it up to love…

Shirley

I love happy street art.

My break from writing is walking. In a city like San Francisco, invariably I look up because there is so much Victorian mansion eye candy to take in.

But sometimes, my gaze catches some wonderful sidewalk doodle.

It's September—a good five months from Valentine's Day—and yet, I found this beautiful heart on the street. The author in me knew there was a story here. I wanted to know: who is Shirley? Who loves her so much that they would declare it so proudly, so lovingly, on this street? (Perhaps, where she lives… Cue My Fair Lady…)

Is Shirley tickled that her beloved has professed these feelings for the whole world to see?

Is she, too, in love with her professed beloved?

I hope so. Such random acts of shared joy are what keeps a relationship alive.

We all need to know someone is thinking of us. That someone adores us.

Go ahead. Grab a piece of chalk and declare your love. It will be appreciated.

I HEART U TOO,

Josie

Little fires everywhere…

Fire

Which, now have turned into large, dangerous, life-threatening infernos—for those who live near them, and those brave men and women tasked with fighting them..

They are all over the state of California, decimating our forests, many of which are old-growth redwoods, some a thousand years old.

My dear friend Emily posted this photo a day ago. It is a smoke plume from a fire burning near the Sonoma Coast.  The color of the setting sun, reflected on the water, is caused by the smoke.

The fires are not just in Northern California. They are roiling through hills, forests and homes in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Marin, and Mendocino counties.

The fires were started by lightning, which we rarely see here. And because we get virtually no rain in the summer months our dry forests are always at risk.

Lives, livelihoods, wildlife, have also have been lost or endangered.

It’s been a hell of a year. Northern California did not need this icing on its 2020 crudcake.  🥺😢🥺

You can read about it here…

—Josie