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Promises, Wishes, and Koans (for Nathan and Sarah on their wedding day)

Long ago on a stormy day a ribbon arced high across the clouds— light and water banded together in a splurge of color and the promise of renewal. And we danced, didn’t we? Some of us naked, and some of … Continue reading

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Devil Wind

I reject the claim that the name Santana originates with the Indian word for devil wind. Based on historical documents, I conclude that the wind is named for the Santa Ana Canyon, in which it originates. Pronunciation as Santana is … Continue reading

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Runaway

I. Hunting season on a dusty path in rattlesnake country. I once felt a bullet breeze past my ear. But today a small child approaches, his blue tie longer than his button-up shirt. The path wells up and a wind … Continue reading

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Road Rage

So I’m driving on the freeway and this lady calls in to the radio talk show. The guy on the radio’s talking about police shooting black sons but she wants to talk about her daughter—sweet girl, her only daughter. She … Continue reading

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Best Left Unsaid

I should have known when the organizer gave us panelists our instructions. “I’ll ask questions, like how should you handle guilt, and each of you will have a chance to respond.”  There I was with my carefully printed remarks on … Continue reading

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Sunshine Barusch 10/29/1997 – 6/26/2011

Born into a two-puppy litter in Salt Lake City, Sunshine Barusch left her loving family on a sunny Saturday in June after suffering from the chronic problems of age: arthritis, loss of hearing, partial loss of sight, lack of balance, … Continue reading

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I Want a Mohawk

Mary’s Beauty Shop had a door with little bells that tinkled when you walked in. It smelled of perfume and bleach. Wiping her hands on a towel, a big lady with big hair and high heels greeted us. The ones … Continue reading

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On Saying Good Bye

The night before my son left home I dreamed of weddings and babies. He joked about bringing home a beautiful Israeli daughter-in-law, so maybe that was why. But this dream had a deeper message. Nathaniel is one of the most … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Weddings and Babies

The night before my son left home I dreamt of weddings and babies. He joked about bringing home a beautiful Israeli daughter-in-law. Maybe that was why. But this dream had a deeper message. Nathaniel is one of the most intuitive … Continue reading

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