The James Webb Telescope Gives Insignificance New Resonance

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Great News! It works! Stunning Images! Free and can purchase overpriced! The James Webb Space Telescope gives astronomers, physicists, and poets, years’ worth of work. We saw the first pictures in July, mere months ago, but the World didn’t do … Read More

The Kremlin Did It. They Pushed Me.

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The Kremlin Insiders did it. I fell on the way to the farmer’s market. I tumbled right into their scheme. When I fell, I was walking without my walking sticks, crossing a crumbling and well-pot-holed stretch of city street. They … Read More

Society’s Child, Update on Janis Ian’s Voice, Tour

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Janis Ian’s Grammy-winning audiobook and the miracle of the internet Janis Ian was doing a farewell tour and I wrote about it in a post on this site. She is one of the singer-songwriters whose music brings me back to … Read More

Farmer’s Market Peaches! Cleft for Me!

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Peaches are a sensual fruit. Five types of peaches and nectarines displayed their sweet fruit on one stand at the farmers’ market. Yellow, rosy, a little fuzzy, clean, white flesh, golden yellow flesh. I didn’t like peaches growing up in … Read More

I owned a Little House by the River

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The view was operatic–My yard, the slope, the river rock,The water, the further shore,Fields, sometimes deer, raccoons,The highway, concrete stream curving up the hillPast crops, an apple orchard,Farm buildings on the far horizon. I hung a birdfeeder on my deckFed nuthatches, … Read More

From Dowdy-Doesn’t-Get-It at 71 to Nation’s Beloved Grandmother

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Lessons for how we can transition in older age Twenty-five years ago the conversation was about how the monarchy was out-of-touch. Queen Elizabeth was compared unfavorably to the younger generations — that is, Princess Diana — and found rule-bound and … Read More

Relief Mixed with Grief When a Loved One Dies

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Death releases a mix of emotions Losing a loved one — parent, partner, dear friend — is an experience often filled with profound grief. But other emotions, like relief, are commonly part of our feelings. It seems cold-hearted to say … Read More

Singer-Songwriters’ Soundtracks to our Lives are Deeper Now

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Joni Mitchell at Newport, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Joni sings “Both Sides Now” with a huskier, deeper voice and an experience that turns the words’ meanings into a song only a musician with a long life could sing. Her voice has … Read More

Strawberry, Morris, and Afternoon Delight at St. Paul Saints

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Early summer, beer, and love of the game — 1996 Darryl Strawberry hit a long, looping home run over the center field fence, and stood just a moment to admire the arc. Jack Morris leaned out from his dugout seat, … Read More

This is My Last Rodeo; Bodacious

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When is courage just stupidity? The streets around the rodeo grounds were blocked off, and vendors sold Western gear, boots, hats, bandanas, and kids’ souvenirs. The stands closest to the grounds sold food — a variety of beef, beer, and … Read More

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