Category Archives: Moments

Every footprint casts a shadow

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The Spider, The Lion, and The Elephant Fish

. . . . . . It was a blustery day and I found this poem on the beach. . . . . . . . . St. Clair, 2015 Sea froth skips the jetty in this wind, a hopeless … Continue reading

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Final Visit

. . . Hi Folks, A few weeks before Dad died, Larry and I visited him at the Assisted Living facility. He was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and I was in the habit of jotting down things he … Continue reading

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Icons and Études

(A Concert at St. Julien le Pauvre) Reluctant Stones pried from the earth, moistened by the sweat of artisans, bathed in the tears of pilgrims, stained with the blood of martyrs, and caressed by the smoke of vagrant prayers. Tonight … 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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Hers

She came from a northern place— a place with shade, where lakes rest in mountain hollows and moose wade in the shallows under a dragonfly gaze. She didn’t know the desert— where a lake is a turquoise guest drawn by … Continue reading

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Sisterhood

Last night I couldn’t sleep – jet lag, probably, but I kept thinking about Fields of Gold, “A story of two sisters.” Pam Morrison wrote the words, some her own and some from her sister Annie, who was dying of … Continue reading

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leaf music

  Little leaf shines in an ocean of sky shivers ~ twirls ~ and leans ~ to the leaf next to, and next to and on,   which answers in kind while more join along, their dance gentle music for … Continue reading

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Gift Horses and Rings

Six years ago your dad and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. He decided to give me a ring, and he asked what I wanted it to look like. I described an elaborate design with rubies interspersed with diamonds – not … 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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What’s in a Name?

My pilates teacher calls me “Angela.” It took me a while to figure out she was talking to me and now it’s too late to tell her my real name. Actually, I’m starting to like it. I think I’ll change … Continue reading

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What didn’t Happen

So there I sit, on the first of four flights that will bring me home from New Zealand, with a baby keening in the row behind. Fifteen minutes in, a vivid fantasy takes over and the plane is spinning towards … Continue reading

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My Demented Weekend

There I was last Friday, driving a rented car that handled like a marshmallow along a 6-lane California freeway. I was bleary eyed from getting up at 5:30, which was way too early for my 7:30 flight, but sheesh I … Continue reading

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Michelle’s Frown

Anybody else still basking in the glow from inauguration day? I’ve got a pile of papers and magazines with pictures that still give me a thrill. I especially like the parade shot of Michelle and her husband with huge grins. … Continue reading

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Books are Never Done

This weekend in a post-modern moment I realized not only that books are never done, but that books aren’t even things. I love their smell as much as anybody and I still get a charge from that crack the spine … Continue reading

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Politics and Halloween

Ten year old Elizabeth Roess scored a victory for Halloween this year when she brought trick-or-treating back to Oil City, Pennsylvania. That was the teaser for Robert Siegel’s story on National Public Radio the day before Halloween. Worn out by … Continue reading

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Mizpah

I bought a pin on TradeMe (New Zealand’s version of EBay). No one else bid on it, perhaps because it wasn’t terribly attractive – a bit of silver in the ungainly shape of a horseshoe with a piece of purple … Continue reading

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