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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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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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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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Having the Ability to Let Go Without Doing It Too Soon

Oscar stands at the door, peering through the window.  His nearly toothless mouth makes his cheeks cave in, giving him a permanently bewildered, less than sharp look.  But he’s not as dimwitted as he appears.  I let him into the … Continue reading

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New Life When It’s Least Expected and Most Needed

It was hard when the cows left Wade’s Ranch.  For all the fundamental difference between my vegetarian heart and Gene and Sharon’s cattle ranching heritage, never once had I questioned their love for those cows, the land, the wildlife they … Continue reading

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Starting at the Corner Post

There’s no direct path through the debris of a lost life.  But regardless of how deserted one feels while floundering to find that path, there are guides all along the way.  The trick is to notice and take advantage of … Continue reading

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The Art of Starring in One’s Own Adventures

Adventures that come at us on their own reveal rough edges more quickly and with less glow than adventures we consciously choose.  Beyond that, the two are pretty much the same.  An adventure is an adventure, and one’s ability to … Continue reading

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