Category Archives: Writing

Winter Springs

When the first foot of snow fell on October 4, it marked the beginning of a winter of never ending storms that would eventually do their best to consume me. Once or twice a week, clouds gathered over the Zirkel … 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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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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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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When the Student is Ready

There are a thousand reasons to write.  A thousand ways to do it.  Maybe more. That human beings not only stumbled across an urge to record life on Earth through writing, but also developed a means of doing so, falls … 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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Writing the Dream

Four pages, four paragraphs, four sentences, four words.   Jewel sings about there being a difference between dreaming and pretending.  I think in most cases, the difference ends up being hard work.  And if you want to harbor any hope … Continue reading

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Then the Frackers Came

  When I returned to North Park in August of 2010, little had changed since I last lived here twelve years earlier.  The mountain ranges, the wildlife, the way the Park fans out in reality-defying magnificence when you top Peterson’s … Continue reading

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Gardens and the Gift of Grace

In late June of last year, I was on call for daily radiation treatments.  Having suffered through the claustrophobia of the preparatory CAT scans and the bizarre fashioning around my body of what the technicians creepily called a “cradle,” I … Continue reading

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