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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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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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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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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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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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On Reading, the Road and Flight Behavior

Blessed are the ones who read.  Beyond essentials of shelter and food, sufficient vigor to embrace the light of day, enough companionship to be reflected in someone else’s need, can anything surpass the sustaining power of reading? Of all the … Continue reading

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