Category Archives: People

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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You Go Away

. . . . . . . . . . . . You go away and the clock ticks louder and slower. You go away and I make deals with myself: No wine tonight. Maybe dessert instead. You go away … 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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City Stroll Early

When’s the last time you drifted along lost in the haze of a celadon glow, ambling into the slow drumming dawn? A melody hides in the lure of beyond, promise arising. Adiago. When’s the last time you drifted along, footsteps … 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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Falling Apart Season

On this late spring day I went to the police station to retrieve my stuff (as the AG put it, “Someone came into your house and took your stuff.”) Now that our thief’s in prison I figured he doesn’t need … Continue reading

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We Spend Our Years as a Tale That is Told

Insomnia takes me to interesting places. About a year ago I turned to the Bible – King James Version, on my Kindle, which actually lists “God” as the author. I started with the easy stuff: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, … Continue reading

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Everyone is Singular

Dunedin, 2007 Stumbling on the wee hour sidewalk, a sweet gallant punctures my whiskey fog. Windmill arms, but he rights himself to wonder am I OK. I wonder is he OK. We part to the leaf patter of a warm … Continue reading

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Why Does the Dugong Cry?

Swirling along in the ever-blue sea she nurses her calf and grazes on green. She came to that place where the small men hunt, small men with small phalanges piercing the thin lobes of their small ears. They eat flesh, … Continue reading

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Persistence of Memory

Hi Folks, Here’s something I’ve been working on. What do you think?   Thank you all for coming. Mom would have been pleased, but she would have a made a snide joke of it, you know? I don’t think she … Continue reading

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New Narrative Studies

Hi Folks, It’s been a while since I posted new Narrative material on the blog. Here are some studies that might be of interest to researchers. You’ll find them and others on the Narrative Inquiry page  Enjoy! Narrative Studies Carpenter, … Continue reading

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Almond Pear Cream Cheese Tart

Almond pear cream cheese tart. Even now the words make my mouth water. The secret is to start with perfectly ripe pears. Of course, few people know (says the Internet) that pears don’t ripen on the tree. They mature on … Continue reading

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Buy this book

Have you ever bought a book that left you screaming “I want my money back!”  It’s happened to me twice in recent memory. First, with Annie Proulx’s Bird Cloud and then, yes, I was among the millions who bought Shades of … Continue reading

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The Ugliest Woman in the World

The ugliest woman in the world, Julia Pastrana, was buried this month, her life revealing hideous aspects of the feminine experience. Born in Mexico in 1834, with a condition we now call “hypertrichosis,” Julia had the fur of our ancestors … Continue reading

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Beautiful Essays by Cynthia Lim

Cynthia and I were at Berkeley together just yesterday. Now she has written a memoir about her husband’s brain injury. Two of her published essays are available online: Yes or No, A delightful piece about voice that will make your … 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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Tired of mystery man?

Hi Folks, This week my web designer (Robbie Drabek) introduced me to my gravatar (globally-recognized avatar). You know that menacing silhouette that shows up next to your comments from time to time? She calls him “mystery man,” and as it … Continue reading

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Ready for a little bee activism?

Hi Folks, Some of you will know that I’ve long admired the honeybee. Others will know that Einstein said if honeybees went extinct humans would soon follow. Well, colony collapse disorder is decimating our bee population. The EPA has been … Continue reading

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Three Women

Three dark-haired women with my daughter’s eyes. Two gaze out from magazines. One has no face. All three were “performing gender,” a devious phrase —“Performing” – but not for them. Being themselves. Being women. Being targets. Being in the spotlight. … Continue reading

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Travelogue

I bought an A5 spiral notebook to record impressions and stories for this travelogue. But it may not do – may not do the trick. Moments recorded after the fact lose a dimension or two and even the best of … Continue reading

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