Family

It’s nearing that time of year when people get all the family together for a few days of reunion, food, and fun. Or sometimes for awkward drunken scenes, reignited ancient grievances and arguments. Here’s wishing you the good kind of family interaction and if you don’t have that kind of family, here’s wishing you the wisdom to get through it with intact emotions.

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Day Trips

I took a day trip yesterday to The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. It got me thinking about favorite day trips from my past. I remember when I lived in Loveland, Colorado. I would drive up the Big Thompson Canyon, find an accessible boulder in an area with lots of white water and sit there for lunch. I could be home in an hour, but felt as if I’d been on a week’s vacation.

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The Best Car

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Oh, that car! It drove like part of my body. I just had to think a movement and that car would do it. It was a beauty, a powerhouse, a joy. The best car I ever had or ever will have. Of course, you can’t manage a kid and a car seat in a two-door sports number and it had to go. I mourn the loss of that hunk of metal.

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All That Jazz

So somehow Frank Sinatra sneaked into my playlist of female jazz vocalists on Pandora. I’d just listened to a big chorus singing “All that Jazz” and there he was. A male voice. I thought, well, I’ll listen carefully and see if I can figure out why he was so popular. I could not. I wasn’t even impressed with his singing. Why was Frank Sinatra so popular, anyway?

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The Old Computer

The closet in the spare bedroom is home to old computers. A Commodore 64 sits at the bottom of the pile, with heaps of Macs, Dells, and huge portable phones piled atop it. Since nobody bothers to open the closet door, nobody knows the machinery heaped in that closet has formed a confederation of electrons and plans to take over the world. Soon.

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Shoes

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Red cowboy boots. Grade 3. I loved those boots. I wore them so long I had to walk on my heels to keep my toes from hurting because I’d outgrown them. I felt tough in those shoes. I was Annie Oakley. I was a hip-slung foot stomper. I was invincible. There was no stopping me in those boots.

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The Memory Fades

She began to lose the memories she’d carried all her life as she approached 80. The wonder of it was, without all those painful traumas rattling around in her head, a more joyful younger self came to the fore. She was more open, able to laugh more often, and free with her affection. I was so glad I was able to be with her during those last years.

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Dog-Eared

When we went through the backpack of the dead woman we found under the bridge, there was nothing there but dog-eared copies of stolen library books. She had no ID, no clothing, nothing but books. The Harry Potter books and “A Wrinkle in Time” appeared to be her favorites, judging by the amount of use they showed. Did she have a shopping cart or some other belongings somewhere that contained more practical survival gear? I went down to the homeless camp near the railroad tracks to ask around.

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The Secretary

“What does the secretary do?” I asked.

“Take a few notes at the meetings and then read them at the next meeting. It’s just keeping records of what we do.”

“Oh, that doesn’t sound too hard. Okay. I accept the nomination.”

I had no idea that accepting that small chore would lead to my involvement in a mystery that almost got me killed.

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Talent

I saw a boy on Facebook playing drums on his mom’s empty washing machine. He used every part of the washer to creating a fabulous drum solo. The kid has amazing natural talent. What do you do if you don’t have amazing natural talent? What if you’re just a regular schlub who isn’t really sure what you’re extra good at? That’s problem most people face. I have some suggestions for the rest of us. . . .

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