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I write about the surprises of daily life and intersections of aging and spirituality. 

— Sharon Johnson

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The Loneliness of Losing Shared History


When my elderly aunt with no children died, we, the nephews and nieces close by, hosted her memorial service for her friends in the nursing home and the city. She had outlived many... Read More

Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow


The Harmonic Chords of a Train Whistle A freight train rolls by on the tracks, and the engineer pulls the whistle, which reverberates across the river and comes back as an echo. The... Read More