Thanksgiving for the Rest of Us

Several cultures include festivals in the Winter months, some to illuminate the darkness, some to celebrate the hope of a coming of new life. Many of us prepare a list of goals for the coming year, a list of resolutions for change and growth. For nearly 300 years, Americans have celebrated a family event called […]

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Border Patrol

We all have our personal borders: physical, temporal and emotional. Unless we protect them, we run the risk of becoming someone we never intended to be. We all know about our personal space, our comfort zones, our time management. We are not as aware of the effect of losing control of those borders or how […]

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In Respectful Memory

Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton, WWII veteran, beaten to death by teenage thieves. Christopher Lane, killed ‘for fun’ because his teenage killers were bored. Mr. Belton, 88, brutally assaulted while waiting in a car to give a friend a lift. Mr. Lane, 22, shot in the back while running. My thoughts and prayers are with their families […]

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A Free Press?

I found a scrap of yellowed paper from a paperback book among the various keepsakes I have carried with me from year to year.  Though it is torn and crumpled, I will keep it with me always. In light of all the news regarding leaks and espionage, the dubious terrorist warnings designed to make all […]

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Review: Close Range, Annie Proulx

I had a few moments to spare this past week to spend at the West Portal Public Library, choosing books I don’t have in my personal library.  I went straight for Annie Proulx because I enjoyed The Shipping News so much. I wanted to read the short story, “Brokeback Mountain,” not because I had seen the […]

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