Thanks for visiting. This site will no longer be updated.

Please visit my new site.

You can find new writing, new photos at


Sunday, April 26, 2009

No day but today

Pretty in pink.
Celebrating a special friend's birthday with strawberry, chocolate and mint chip gelato... and a very fancy strawberry cupcake.


Sunday was a day of small triumphs.

A wonderful blogger and new friend, J9, made a special trip in from the East Bay with a perfect little refrigerator so now the kids can have milk for cereal and K can store the breast milk for Baby M that she pumps. There's room in there for fruit and maybe a little dish or two.

J9 also brought a box full of cute clothes for nine-year old D because her two sons have grown. He really seemed to like them all.

The cell phone situation is all handled.

We had fun at lunch with our new friend P., and celebrated her birthday over lunch and some treats.

We went to the playground and some little people played on the swings and slides.

We talked about lions, tigers, sharks, zebras and giraffes.

We hugged and kissed and Mommy wore a brighter smile today.

I hope the clouds are finally lifting for good.


Normally when I edit my photos, I listen to Bach or Chopin. But lately I've been listening to the soundtrack from RENT, something I used to listen to daily nonstop when I first saw the play years ago. I'm a big fan of the song "La Vie Boheme," and it feels very San Francisco-y.

But the other day I was listening to "No Day But Today," and the tears started streaming down all of a sudden. The lyrics meant something so different given the present circumstances, meeting K and her babies.

I took some of the photos of K and the kids and set it to the song... see what you think. I think this song describes what I want to say most of all. Please watch this video with me, and share it with your friends.

It's everyone's story.

There is no future - there is no past

Thank God this moment's not the last

There's only us

There's only this

Forget regret or life is yours to miss

No other road no other way

No day but today

I can't control (Will I lose my dignity?)

My destiny (Will someone care?)

I trust my soul (Will I wake tomorrow?)

My only goal is just to be (From this nightmare?)

Without you (There's only now)

The hand gropes (There's only here)

The ear hears (Give in to love)

The pulse beats (Or live in fear)

Life goes on (No other path)

But I'm gone (No other way)

Cause I die

Without you (No day but today)

I die without you (No day but today)

I die without you (No day but today)

No day but today

I die without you (No day but today)

No day but today


Gaston Studio April 27, 2009 at 5:04 AM  

Thank God for you and J9!

margieandkath April 27, 2009 at 5:27 AM  

you are truly terrific. just look at what you are doing!!

Adam April 27, 2009 at 5:39 AM  

poignant and touching.

I also love RENT. There is a story of how that is how my wife and I connected in High School, but I don't want take your blog space for that.

Very great stuff. My package should arrive tomorrow. Let me know that it has arrived.

Liz April 27, 2009 at 6:42 AM  

I'm another RENT fan. Such strong, emotional, powerful music. Similar to you, Julie. Strong, powerful, emotional.

I love that we can all bear witness to how this story has come together and how the journey continues.

If you hadn't started "i live here," would you have seen her? What was it that stopped you, made you notice her? What made you trust her and what made her trust you? Choice, fate, faith, angels, miracles, friendship, compassion, love.

This is a story that will impact so many lifetimes. Many ripples have occured in the lives touched to result in these waves of change.

I'm honored to be just a small part of it.

Living on the Spit April 27, 2009 at 7:00 AM  

Truly inspiring...just touches me to my core.

The silent auction to help Kelaya and her children is going very well!

Middle Aged Woman Blogging April 27, 2009 at 7:23 AM  

My daughter was a total RENT fan when she was in school. You have brought back memories for me! The look on that little girl's face in the above picture is priceless.

Yoli April 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

Perfect song my friend. I saw Rent right after it opened with the original cast. It never left me. You are seeing through this family the difference that any human being can make in another's life. Continue your work.

I am sure she LOVED that gorgeous cup cake. It is wonderful that you are giving her a chance to enjoy some of the thrills of childhood.

julochka April 27, 2009 at 9:25 AM  

the caring and love you're putting out in the world are simply amazing.


namastenancy April 27, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

Every day is a day for love and caring; you are one lovely lady for all that you are doing. Has the family check into the Unitarian Chuch's "Office" in the Tenderloin called "Faithful Fools?" I'll get the address if you are interested - they have a variety of programs and might also be able to help with the housing issue.

Johanna April 27, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

The perfect soundtrack for a beautiful story.

Char April 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

*sob* heartwarming

xoxox you are a miracle

J9 April 27, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

Tangobaby - I'm just sorry that my morning was too stressful to have joined you all and spent time in the city. I'm very glad I could help, but I don't need kudos. It's just that I think we all find ourselves in situations where we need the help of others, and I think your involvement led me to giving. I am grateful for the opportunity to help in any small way I can. I think of Kelaya and the kids all the time, and I send positive vibes their way every day. Oh, and if they need help moving once they do have a more permanent place, I have the suv I drove yesterday, seats 9, or 6 with lots of room for stuff. I also have a truck, and a trailer to haul stuff. I know they don't have much, but by the time they do move, I think I could help with furniture and that sort of stuff too.

Adam April 28, 2009 at 4:37 AM  

quick food for thought.

did you know that if you google kelaya's name, he story from YOUR blog is the 2nd link?

Google is taking note!

nice work!

SE'LAH... April 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM  

You are truly an angel.