Tag Archives: a writer’s life

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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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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Historic

moving cows, extracting oil, and loving a rural schoolhouse The first time I really saw the Coalmont Schoolhouse, my legs were quivering with muscle fatigue on both sides of the round-barreled palomino called Goldie.  Topping the final rise and following … 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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Blossoming in Groups

I’ve always thought of gardens as a great metaphor for learning about human development.  The entire process reflects an enormous variety of needs, styles, product.  There’s also something straightforward about gardens and their gardeners that comforts me.  From design to … 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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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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