My Mother’s Voice

Alzheimer’s being the conniving thieving bitch that  it is, my mother wasn’t herself in the final years of her life. The  woman I visited in the Alzheimer’s special care unit was a stranger wearing my mother’s skin but not much else, like the invasion of the body snatchers had taken place, month after month beneath the surface, until one day we looked and the woman we knew was gone, replaced by some alien being. An imposter. Intruder alert. Intruder alert. She died back in 2012. Don’t worry; I won’t be getting maudlin on you.  My real mother–not that stranger in a wheel chair, head nodding on her shoulder–is who I want to think about today.  My real mother —Enid Maude Good nee Hayden, a prim, old-fashioned name, perhaps the only thing about her I didn’t love— was British-born and had a lovely London lilt to her voice her whole life even though she left England in the mid-1950’s. I suppose at thirty, her vocal patterns were already frozen in place.  Sounding like a cross between

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A to Z Challenge


Like many of you, I've got a checkered past. Born in England in the '50s, my parents wandering ways meant we spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey prior to coming to North America in the early 1960s. I came of age in Canada with the British Invasion before we took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landed in L.A. I've been a writer, a realtor, a media buyer, a copywriter, a Universal Studios tour guide, a substitute teacher, a film & television production coordinator and more. I've worked with stars like Brad Pitt, Bill Pullman, and Elizabeth McGovern and I've worked with special needs kids who made me feel like I was the real superstar. In this year's AtoZ Challenge I've shared a handful of those stories. Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this blog.


A: A is for Apple

B: Born in Britain

C: Cruisin' It

D: Dirt, Sex and Dr. Zhivago

E: An Everlasting Love

F: F is for The Favor. It's also for Fail

G: She's a Good Girl

H: There's no H in Satisfaction

I: Izmir

J: Swooning Under the Jacaranda Trees

K: The Key of Blue

L: Let's Liven this Place UP!

M: Meltdown Moment

N: The Name Game

O: Gimme a big fat 0, I never completed this one.

P: Past Perfect Imperfect

Q: Queen Me

R: Revisionist History

S: My Sister ... don't get me started

T: The Trip

U: She's come Undone

V: Vacate the Premises

W: Walking in L.A.

X: X-hibit A

Y: Yesterday

Z: How do you say it?

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