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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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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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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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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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Cats in My Bed

When cancer fully sunk its claws into me, I took to my bed. That’s such a feminine phrase, isn’t it? She took to her bed. It implies all kinds of choice and self indulgence flooding the parched desperation of tragedy. … Continue reading

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