As someone who feels as if I will always be a teacher, I feel that my retirement should not be the end of teaching, provoking and stimulating people to think about ideas of substance. In this blog I will post ideas about life, points to ponder, and events to consider and comment on.   At some point I will hopefully use this to display my art.*  Comments are welcome, disagreements or divergences are just fine.  Please keep your comments to sanely and respectfully expressed language.   If you want to see only the first few lines of a blog entry, click on a month, and you will see the beginning of each of the topics.

* See my art at the Napa Valley Art Association website.



20 Responses to About

  1. Susan says:

    I love getting Davina’s musings! Filled with thoughts, ideas and love.
    Peace and love.

  2. Leah Hawks says:

    Impressed with your new blog, Davina! Good luck with it, I hope to see many more of your entries and, of course, your art, in the future and I may drop a line now and then myself.

  3. LaVerne says:

    I loved your new blog and looking forward to reading more.

  4. Katharine says:

    Love the blog – keep on thinking thoughts ♥

  5. Diane says:

    Thank you for sharing and making a committment to Mother Earth and wellness!

  6. Keep up the good work Davina – you never know when it may help someone along the way – we are all each others’ teachers.


    • Davina says:

      Yes, we are each others’ teachers – if not by words, by example. I am trying to build a blog that gets people to examine their thinking, evaluate their ideas, and look beyond the obvious. Thanks for taking the time to respond. And please share any blog posts you feel are noteworthy with other.

  7. Jim Gramlich says:

    Finally got a chance to review and appreciate your BLOG; it was basically, simple…
    succinct…and yet, profound in thought and design.
    Not only is “it” filled with ENERGY AND OPTIMISM; but, a “diverse” and “poignant”
    IDEOLOGY of one’s life-experiences for an individual to contemplate and enjoy!
    Namaste-Jim G.

  8. Jim Gramlich says:


    Just read your latest “blog”…and what is ironic pertaining to CHANGE is the
    inevitability of the DYNAMIC in and of itself. If WE as individuals didn’t
    diversify and change in our daily lives, the “evolution” of our existence
    would become stagnant of each person’s PAST; never allowing ourselves to
    experience the I AM THAT I AM(BEING) of every “precious” moment one’s
    existence of this earth manifests for us. Thanks for your insight Davina;
    always a good read. Namaste-Jim Gramlich

  9. Jim Gramlich says:

    Just read your recent Blog dated the 18th of April pertaining to SILENCE.
    It was informational as always; yet, had a real sense of inner-perspective.
    Yes, we are ALL(especially myself)…trying to improve both personally and
    on a daily-continuum; so, I really related to your message.
    As is stated in Dan Millman’s book THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR…
    Namaste-Jim G.

  10. Jed says:

    I love your latest blog Aunt Dina. I always struggle with projecting people’s emotions into my world. Why is everything about me? It’s not, as you so eloquently espoused. I will search for the same revelation you had. But it won’t be the same, will it? It’ll be about me.

    • Davina says:

      Well, it will be an examination of how you respond, which is not the same as simply being self-centered. It’s about trying to see more clearly, and maybe gaining some detachment from our little self, so we can see the bigger picture. Detachment helps a lot – instead of reacting immediately, taking a breath, a step back, and observing. Asking yourself what might be going on with the other person, or, here’s a unique idea – asking them! Love to you, dearie,

  11. Rochella Fontela says:

    Ms. Rubin was my 8th grade English teacher…many, many MANY, years ago
    (almost 40!)
    She is STILL my all-time favorite teacher. I learned so much from her and not just about English. She was the one that really got me to start thinking about life and “my” decisions, not just because my parents “told me so,” but to think about what “I” thought and felt.
    I still tell one of the stories she shared with our class on a rainy day. I sometimes get the same knee-jerk reaction I gave when I get to the end of the story.
    I wish there were more teachers like her.
    Love ya’ Ms. Rubin!


    • Davina says:

      Thank you Rochella! I consider messages like this the real “paycheck” for a teacher. Nothing can replace the joy in knowing that I had a positive impact on someone’s life. And, as I recently told someone, when I taught English, I was also trying to teach my students about life, and knowing that I helped a bit in your life is a blessing to me. Love you back!

  12. Joe Blevins says:

    I believe that you are the same Ms. Rubin that was my 7th grade English teacher in Southern California in the 1970’s. I was just asked about teachers that made a positive impact on my life and you are always the first teacher that comes to mind. You were one of the first adults in my young life to make me feel good about myself for who I was. I read A Separate Peace because you said it was time to read something that had meaning and that was such an important part of my development. Thank you, I hope you are happy and healthy! Joe

    • Davina says:

      Dear Joe,

      I apologize for taking so long to answer your e-mail. I just returned from a 9 day retreat, and am catching up on e-mails and trying to dig myself out of a pile of other stuff as well! I am, indeed, the same Miss Rubin, who taught at South Gate JHS in the late 79’s through the 80’s, and I remember you well, Joe. You were, if I remember, a bit diffident about your place among your peers, which I think often happens to bright people, especially when they are not certain how smart they really are. It is really gratifying that you remember me. I’m going to send you an e-mail, and please feel free to respond to it, and let me know what you’re doing with your life, and where you are.

      My best to you,
      Davina Rubin

  13. Hello Ms. Rubin,
    I believe that you are the same Ms. Rubin that sponsoring Penpa Dolma, a Tibetan women in India. I am a TLC sponsorship co-ordinator , and met Penpa few months ago in India. Please email me and I have some information to share with you.

    Lobsang TLC

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