Twenty Things I am Grateful for in 2022

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Expressing gratitude is a research-based method for increasing happiness I am grateful to wake up in the morning, refreshed. I am grateful to write at this keyboard, energized. I am grateful for family nearby, to join lives in support. I … Read More

While Mother Brought Christmas, Santa just ate Cookies

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Eliminating martyrdom from tradition The Christmas season was very busy for my father, a pastor. He coordinated extra services, music, stress, and a packed sanctuary for several Christmas services. Mother was baking and decorating and shopping and wrestling four kids … Read More

The Christmas Pageant in All Its Inglorious Tradition

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The Shepherds wield their crooks like jousting swords I sat at the back of the church so I could leave with my rambunctious three-year-old if necessary. He was wearing a cowboy hat everywhere, so he wore his cowboy hat to the … Read More

Fear of Falling — the Realities of Hitting the Pavement

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The Fallen Woman watches the Falling Man I was lying on my back looking at the sky when I decided to move away from Minnesota. The black ice was invisible as I stepped out my door, and the next thing … Read More

The Writer’s Retreat as Aspirational Destination

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Where scenery or time or companions or mentors motivate My writer’s retreat cabin was perched on the edge of a large pond in the high desert. We were a small group, and joined twice daily in meetings in the lodge, … Read More

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple — A Visit

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Inside serenity contrasts with the outside concrete fortress “The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to … Read More

The Martha Circle Bakes, Cooks, Cleans, and is Superior

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Mary might listen raptly, but she could get ear pods and help The smell of coffee from a percolator filled the living room when my mother hosted the Martha Circle. Ladies’ aid circles were a tradition in our community. My … Read More

Two Friends Go Out for Lunch and Almost Have a Conversation

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“Remember his name?” “No, but I know who you mean.” Me: “I love this place. It has a French name, so it seems tonier, even if it isn’t.” Friend: “Yes, it’s La Providence, right?” Me: “La Provence, but you were … Read More

73-Year-Old Man Gets First Job

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His wife is now fashion-plate and paparazzi quest I feel sorry for Camilla, Queen Consort. She is 75, and the object of photographers and fashion writers. She has to dress up, wear good shoes, and have her hair done. During … Read More

I Misread ‘The Summer Before the Dark’ as about Menopause

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Rereading influential novels at an older age can change their meaning The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing (1973) was a book I misunderstood as about the onset of older age and menopause. The book as I read it … Read More

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