Category Archives: Animals

Beyond Happily Ever After: The Birds Keep Getting Bigger — Part III

I like the way Best Friends Animal Sanctuary writes about their rescue stories.  There’s a paragraph, two at most, describing the harrowing plight of a dog, cat, horse, pig, parrot.  Disney style.  G-rated (PG-13 in a pinch).  Laddie was found … Continue reading

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Growing Up in 2013

It would take great determination to ignore the nudge of implied importance each new year brings with it.  When it came around a year ago, I felt it through a muffle of physical exhaustion and the sense that I was … Continue reading

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The Birds Keep Getting Bigger – Part II

The spring of 2013 arrived without a single bird sharing living or barn space with me.  In spite of the sorrow and emptiness left behind when my animal companions cross over, I work hard at not actively looking for ways … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Deep Slowness of Reading, Writing and Life

In August, I donated a half dozen books to a fundraising sale.  Except for the holes it made in the stacks and rows and uneven piles of vintage volumes, dog-eared paperbacks and pricey hardcover bestsellers, nothing else changed about the … Continue reading

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The Birds Keep Getting Bigger – Part I

When I was in elementary school, my teacher gave us an assignment for science class that lasted several months.  We were to find an active bird nest, watch it every day, and record the activity of its inhabitants in a … Continue reading

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Staying Afloat on the Waves of Change

Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken more than a dozen pictures of the same view.  In each photograph the sky is a different color, the clouds a different shape.  The butte in the foreground and the mountains behind trade … Continue reading

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Llamas and Estes Park, and the Scheme of all things Meaningful

  There’s a distinct possibility that at some point in time, all roads of meaning pass through Estes Park, Colorado. In 1873, Isabella Bird visited Estes Park when the only other human resident was mountain man James Nugent and the … Continue reading

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Finding Place. And Hanging Onto It.

    Place.  There’s such a need to claim one.  A complicated process for finding it.  A sometimes desperate struggle to hold onto it.  A thousand ways of naming it. Sometimes it feels as if my entire life has revolved … Continue reading

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Barren Landscapes Are an Illusion

   “….the rush forward to the end, the leap that you take into the middle of danger when all you can do is look straight at it, because whatever is coming will come.”  — from The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake … Continue reading

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Caliente on My Mind (the unusual and wondrous task of writing the book, Saving Elizabeth)

If you can’t tolerate being alone with yourself in silence for hours on end, don’t contemplate taking up writing as a career.  There’s a possibility that the deliciously documented insanity of an impressively large number of literary greats might simply … Continue reading

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