Strange Medicine

For years I’ve practiced strange medicine, resting my ear on the body of whatever story I happen to be writing. Is it alive? If so, …
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The Great Realignment

I began my work day driving two nervous middle schoolers to the teachers’ picket line to march and cheer.  A limit to class sizes, more mental …
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Creative Discomfort

“You’re really enjoying writing these days,” a friend recently said. She was mirroring back to me my enthusiasm for my current project, a middle grade …
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2021 Book Recommendations

At the close of the year I like to pay tribute to those books that have moved me, molded me, transported me, and made me …
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Feeling Small

Through November and December, each night’s darkness clamps a degree tighter. Much as my rational brain knows I have a critical role to play in …
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Memory’s Invitation

Why does this memory return today?  This question is endlessly fruitful for those of us who seek the meaning buried in experience.  I ask it …
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Practical Optimism

grounded in “the root of our being, securely held in the Absolute Being.” It is pragmatic because the belief then creates our reality.
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Full Stop

We’re fortunate to have the time and space to grieve—together.  Had my father died even a month earlier, this might not have been possible.  I’m …
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Die Before You Die

Every year I’m surprised by how much spring looks like autumn. I’ll walk to work, delighting in the crab apples blooming pink or …
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Working with the nightmare

Four years ago, shortly after Trump’s inauguration, my neighbor slapped a bumper sticker on her car that read, “He’s not my president!”  The dismissive, liberal …
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Aim Small. Dig Deep.

Sure I want the thrill of traveling, the relief of a break from Covid monotony, the fun of loved ones’ company, and the delicious feast, …
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