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September 7, 2020

You may not be ready for yet another coronavirus story.  This one, though, has a twist you might find useful at some point…

At the end of February, when the novel coronavirus was by all reports a vague threat thousands of miles from Colorado, Beth and I both fell ill. S...

January 30, 2020

Yesterday evening I was picking my way across my cement patio in the deep dusk. It’s a short trip from the garbage can to my back door (small patio, more of a topless carport than anything else), but tonight it held a surprise. A flash—or more accurately a blob—of some...

January 30, 2020

We're all magicians, you know. We may get frustrated and discouraged by our apparent lack of influence in the world. We may complain that our life looks like a patchwork of decisions and actions thrown out at random into a random universe. That what we say and do just...

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...

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