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Dispatches From The Smoke

September 15, 2020

Last Tuesday night out at the coast the once in a century hot unseasonable high wind event hit us. The fires north of Lincoln City in a town called Otis were blazing and Hwy 18, the way out north to Portland, was closed because of two fires. By Wednesday, Lincoln City, the town about 10 […]

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I See The Moon, The Moon Sees Me

August 30, 2020

Pisces Moon Preface A long time ago back in Moscow Idaho, a low frequency community radio station with a left leaning bent was born. Many people of my community tribe were to be involved as volunteer deejays and I was excited at the prospect. When the station finally went on air there was a reception […]

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It’s A Sign

August 22, 2020

(Spoiler alert: this post is unabashedly in favor of the Democratic Party and the Democratic ticket. If you are a Trump supporter, you have your right to your views, and you have plenty of venues to air those views.  This is not one of them. If you air them here or  troll those who disagree […]

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Living in Nested Shells: Being Held in the Mystery

July 25, 2020

The arrival of very new little person into the lives of my son and daughter-in-law and myself and the need for confidentiality and privacy on social media services for their safety has covered over my usual urge to narrate. It’s as if the softest blanket of new snow fell over it, like I used to […]

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Dreamers, Come True

June 18, 2020

When the Rodriguez family moved into the little white house one block over, I felt an instant kinship with them. Both of our houses had parking lots on the north side, which made an instant thoroughfare for delivery trucks during the day and drunken college students at night, weaving their way home from the bars […]

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Yellow Is The Color. . .

June 4, 2020

Back in the time when I went to the grocery store in person, one of my favorite things to do if I had been efficient with my time in the grocery aisles, would be to migrate over to the far end of the store where the plant nursery lives. I was reminded how much I […]

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Becoming an Agate

May 5, 2020

I would have walked right past it, but just as I was stepping into a patch of early morning sun on the still mostly shaded beach, I happened to look down and see a somewhat ordinary pocked gray rock look as if it had a galaxy on the top of it. OOOooo! I breathed in […]

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Vegan No Oil Lemon Cake (for Rachel)

April 10, 2020

Maybe it was in response to the surprise of a large organic lemon inside the box of organic produce I ordered from Gathering Together Farm a couple of weeks ago, or maybe it was the approach of the Easter Holiday. Maybe it was the kind of memory my thoughts turn to when I spend a […]

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Homage To My Hands

April 6, 2020

The other day I was washing my hands for the umpteenth time when a tenderness came over me. Instead of trying to sing the 20 second song I came across in the New York Times or bitching to myself about the revolving door I can get into (hands in warm water cue the bladder which […]

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Where Love Abides (and Spilled Stars)

March 24, 2020

Last night right before turning off my lap top I came across this article, “The Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief,” which resonated deeply with what I’d been grappling with earlier in the day and hashing out with a wise friend of mine. It put me in mind, too, of this very fine skeleton of a […]

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