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    December 1, 2019

    Not too long ago, on my pre-dawn way to the gym I saw a solitary college student headed purposefully toward campus across the slick, snowy street. A few hundred feet later I saw another. Then another. Then my car passed the Colorado State University boundaries and they...

    October 29, 2019

    A teaser from my just-published memoirs, Opening into Light:

    As you may remember from my March blog article “Card Catalog,” in the fall of 1970 I, my sick and reclusive husband George, and our two small children were living just outside of Mansfield, Louisiana, the tiny...

    October 26, 2019

    I wrote this column originally for the NAJPA Newsletter of September 2010. Since my last blog was a pretty heavy-duty one, I thought maybe a tad less earnestness was in order this time; this article suggested I resurrect it. Hope you enjoy it.

    If you don’t like cats, ma...

    August 15, 2019

    You just might have noticed that there’s a lot of fear showing up in our world right now.  And since for almost all of us fear is the enemy, the tiger padding along behind us while we try very hard to pretend we don’t hear it, don’t smell it, can’t feel its hot breath...

    June 17, 2019

    It began with the octopus under my bed.  The octopus was green and had come from Venus especially to eat me.  I was terrified of it.

    Had I been six years old, this would have been natural enough.  I would then have been reassured that it had been only a bad dream;...

    April 10, 2019

    I don’t remember when I was first introduced to Charlie Crane, but I do remember when I first talked to him.  As far as I was concerned, Charlie had been around forever, this big man with a booming voice and a book under his arm, the regular guest whom Dad brought home...

    March 13, 2019

    In early summer 1970, I landed in the small town of Mansfield, Louisiana, with no job, no housing, a toddler, a baby and a sick, unemployable husband.  George’s non-stop coughing had driven us east from smog-ridden California to find a place, any place at all, where th...

    February 18, 2019

    This is such a complex world we live in now, isn’t it?  So much going on, so little time to rest and recover.  Seems as if we spend most of our time reacting—and so much of the news is bad.  Maybe it’s not so tough when the events that arrive on our doorstep are little...

    February 18, 2019

    Just received shocking news?  Had a near-miss—or worse—on the road, or a very tough personal interaction?  Here are some simple things you can do that will help right away.  Fuller explanations and more detail are available in my blog article Emotional First Aid.  I su...

    January 26, 2019

    It snowed last night and this morning.  Now the sun’s come out, turning my lawn and flowerbeds to drifts of cold, cold diamonds.  That means my neighbor Sam will be along shortly to clean off my sidewalks with his snow blower.  Why?  Because I pay him?  I don’t.  Becau...

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