Category Archives: Essay

To Infinity and Beyond

The other day on Facebook I saw one of these joke graphics that said, “My pin number is the last 4 digits of Pi.” I got a laugh out of it but it made me think about the wonderment I … Continue reading

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I Remember

After all the Bonnie Raitt albums I’ve played again and again, after the live concerts I’ve attended, after all her songs I’ve sung along with, the thing I remember most vividly about Bonnie Raitt was a concert moment. I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Jamie

I’m a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I love Claire Randall with her modern eyes looking onto a world 200 years in the past. I love Jamie Fraser, the handsome Scotsman she meets and loves in that long ago … Continue reading

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Unbelievable

We shuffled past the display cases full of baked goods and reached the cashier waiting near the end. We handed her the bill and said, “Can we each pay half?” “Sure,” she answered. The helper next to her reached for … Continue reading

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Play List

I have a special play list for my iPhone. It’s what I call car music or driving music. It’s mostly female voices doing a variety of styles in an upbeat way. No matter how many times I try to make … Continue reading

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Twitter

You have the big package of 250 channels plus HBO and Showtime, and you’re lucky if you have time to watch a couple hours of TV a day. You have maybe 12 favorite channels you actually watch out of the … Continue reading

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Incendiary

What I need is an incendiary imagination, one that blazes across the mind and page with images so bright as to cause the reader to squint for protection. But there just isn’t enough heat in my life. Maybe I can … Continue reading

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Look at Clouds

Looking at the red stippling under the clouds as the sun rose this morning reminded me of Joni Mitchell and “Both Sides Now.” I wonder if the tops of the clouds are lit with red and orange and yellow as … Continue reading

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In the Garage

Our neighborhood covenants require keeping your trash barrel in the garage or behind a fence. Keeps the neighborhood neat, it does. Yet walking through the garage to the scent of cantaloupe rinds or decaying chicken skin isn’t fun. That’s why … Continue reading

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A Quote

This blog is about writing practice. The rules of writing practice are available here. It’s a technique for writing taught by Natalie Goldberg. Here’s what Natalie Goldberg says it’s about. “I teach people to accept their minds,” she says, “just … Continue reading

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