Mocha Monkey enjoyed breakfast in Santa Cruz

The Mocha Monkey scarfed down half my Grand Slam at Denny's (at 5 a.m.!) before heading out toward San Francisco on Saturday.

We then burned a lot of “shoe leather” hiking up-and-down the streets (hills) of San Francisco. I knew the city was built on hills but I never knew how STEEP they were!

Check back often to read about other San Francisco adventures of the Mocha Monkey.

The Mocha Monkey nearly falls off a cliff

Late Friday, the Mocha Monkey nearly fell off a cliff along California Highway 1 between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Apparently trying to get a closer look at the Pacific Ocean, he got too close to the edge of the rocks and slipped. After he called out that he was in trouble, I immediately pulled him to safety.

Although Mocha Monkey was a little shaken, he decided to continue with me on our journey to San Francisco.

Check back often for more adventures of the Mocha Monkey.

Inspirational advice for job seekers and college grads

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Here's an inspiring excerpt I read from God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett.

Graduates: Go after your own grail with gusto

The parents are starting to panic.

As college seniors prepare to graduate, their loved ones call and write me for advice: My daughter, my son, is graduating from college and there are no jobs. They spent all that time and money to prepare for a career that might not exist. What can I say or do to give them hope?

Before you start making room in your basement for them to move in, give them the greatest graduation gift there is: believe in them.

Hope for the next generation isn't found in the want ads. You make your own hope.
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Grandma’s Hands – a beautiful poem


Grandma's Hands - Photo by Pamela McFarland Walsh

Grandma's Hands - Photo by Pamela McFarland Walsh

My sister shared this poem she received in an e-mail. It touched me enough to want to share it with you. This story was written by Melinda Clements and is at:

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. ‘Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she said in a clear voice strong.

‘I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I explained to her.  Continue reading

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