Author Archives: Laura Alford, PhD

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.

Novelty

Novelty: the quality of being new, original, or unusual. I’ve self-diagnosed myself with novelty fatigue. The last year has been an onslaught of newness and I’m exhausted– probably because change is hard. A person’s support system (emotional, physical, financial) is … Continue reading

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The Ides of May

In accounting, 15 May means we can round up to June, which means we’re just hours away from being halfway through 2020. Half. Way. Thru. 2020. Wow! Just wow! Where did the time go? Seriously– I’ve spent three decades at … Continue reading

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The Blues in Monterey

Green—forest green, hunter green, emerald green— green has always been my favorite color. Maybe growing up in an ever-green pine forest had something to do with that. Since moving to Monterey, I’ve fallen in love with blue. Robin’s egg and … Continue reading

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Last Minute

Watching darkness fall over Monterey Bay, listening to Otis sing about the Dock of the Bay. He wrote that song while in Sausalito, CA, a town just north of San Francisco, which is a little bit northier of here. I … Continue reading

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Soledad

Soledad, the Solitude of the BVM on Holy Saturday in Spanish tradition. Lyle spent the last six weeks with me in Monterey. It’s Freezing! was the top comment of his visit, and we engaged daily in the ages-old battle of the … Continue reading

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Toes in the Water

Yesterday I walked my bare feet into the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life. It took me 336 days of living in California to do it. I’m not sure why it took me so long. Because beaches … Continue reading

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Things Nobody Expects

What is The Spanish Inquisition? What is Fat-free, Sugar-Free Broccoli & Kale Cake that Tastes Delicious? What is An Empty Parking Lot at Trader Joe’s? What is A Global Pandemic? I’m living on the edge, figuratively and literally, since Monterey … Continue reading

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Packages for Poseidon

Incongruous, e.g., There was a FedEx truck parked at Asilomar Beach yesterday. Lyle and I wondered what kind of dinglehopper Ariel might have ordered for Poseidon. And then there’s this guy, an apparent expert at social distancing: Something about this bicycle … Continue reading

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Space: The Final Frontier

Day t+8 of the COVID19 quarantine. Real estate in Monterey, CA, is at a premium; ergo most houses are small in square footage. Normally, this isn’t a problem for me because I don’t spend a lot of time in my … Continue reading

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Shelter at Home

Day t-1. I broke my wine opener. The corkscrew got stuck and snapped off. Not an auspicious beginning to my quarantine party. Monterey County has issued a “shelter in place” order. I’m fortunate to be able to work from home, … Continue reading

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