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Hawk Heaven

We call the arroyo next to our neighborhood the “wildlife preserve” because it teems with rabbits and roadrunners, the occasional coyote, and now a half dozen Cooper’s hawks. They hang out in the same scraggly tree every morning. They fly … Continue reading

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Cover Up

We catch all sorts of public people in cover ups. Somehow their dirty secrets become known. But think about all of our curated lives these days – what we post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. We cover up our own failings … Continue reading

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Solar

If The Graduate came out today, the advice given to Dustin Hoffman wouldn’t be “plastics” but “solar.” That’s where the economy needs to go, must go, will go. Countries that get there first will be the countries that survive the … Continue reading

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Beauty

You realize, don’t you, that in all of nature it’s the male who has to be beautiful in order to earn the attentions of a female? Yeah, I heard that. See, that’s the flaw in human DNA. It’s all messed … Continue reading

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Heart

So Pluto has a heart. Is Pluto sending us a love message? Does this frozen orb want to regain its former status as a planet? Or is it simply letting the universe know that it sends friendly greetings to those … Continue reading

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Get Me to the Creamery

Are you old enough to remember the creamery? A place where local milk producers delivered their daily take in metal milk cans in the back of a pickup truck? A place that smelled of souring milk and chilled air? A … Continue reading

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Play Like a Girl

Strength, stamina, skill, determination: play like a girl, indeed. Sports are not my thing at all but I love watching women’s soccer. If there was an ideal woman that tweens and teens should aspire to emulate, it would be a … Continue reading

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A Funeral for Books

On “Orange is the New Black” they got bedbugs. The burned all the mattresses and all the books. The shelves in the library were empty, people. Tastee, Poussey and others who loved books held a funeral for the books. They … Continue reading

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Yes

Like an improv star, she said yes to everything. She was 100% positive. She never gave a negative response. She never pointed out the reasons why someone else was wrong, mistaken, foolish or a moron. She simply went forward dealing … Continue reading

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Bare Chested

My water aerobics class is full of old farts like me. The men, of course, enter the water bare chested. Some of the men have bigger boobs than the women, but the women are all securely covered up. Some of … Continue reading

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