Sharing from the American Veterinary Medical Association, as we remember the sadness of 9/11/2001 and the visions of human and canine love and devotion that followed. To all first responders, two and four-legged, we thank you. https://www.facebook.com/avmavets/photos/a.469760928989/10159935954038990/?type=3&theater
Some thoughts on Memorial Day, service, loss, and peace.
Reading her books as a young girl helped me realized the power of creativity to understand our troubles, our weaknesses, and our human potential. Thank you, Ursula K. LeGuin https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/ursula-k-le-guin-grand-dame-of-science-fiction-dies-at-88/2018/01/23/8842ceb8-0087-11e8-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-obit%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.88fa78c4ab72
I know, I know. I still look punk, so it comes as no surprise to any of you that I binge-listened to "Under the Big Black Sun" back in the day. Wonderful to hear Exene and John Doe (and Dave Alvin) on Fresh Air today, healthy and happy, celebrating the rule-breaking music of that time. … Continue reading Speaking of breaking the rules…
My contribution to The Writers' Vineyard this month celebrates National Library Week, public libraries, and librarians. One rite of passage in my small-town kindergarten was a field trip to the public library. I remember almost nothing about that trip except for one glowing moment: signing my name, in recently-learned cursive, on my very first library … Continue reading In praise of public libraries
You will read a lot about David Bowie over the next few days, as news of his death to cancer spreads. A tremendous artist, musician, songwriter, singer, and performer, and by all accounts, a human being with a gift for making his friends laugh. Here's one common theme you'll find in many of the personal … Continue reading We can be heroes.
This is not an original idea, but it is worth sharing. Remember that life can change in a day, an hour, a moment, a heartbeat. Remember to say "I love you" when you part. And when you reunite. Remember those two- and four-legged heroes who ran toward the disaster we recall today, and remember to … Continue reading Remember
Three years ago, I wrote this brief piece as smoke from wildfires surrounded our area. Now in the heart of another fire season, I wanted to share again this reminiscence on a friendlier version of flame. The Good Fire Two brothers sit across a fire pit and talk about their lives. If you saw them … Continue reading The Good Fire – Redux
Research shows that practicing gratitude brings deeper and more lasting happiness than, well, just about anything else. Among the many things, people, and experiences for which I am grateful this year, a few strike me as worth sharing. Terrific local, independent bookstores like Jerrol's and A Book for All Seasons, whose support for local, independent … Continue reading Grateful new year
Twenty-five years ago, I looked forward to my twenty-fifth birthday, just a couple of weeks later that November. I'd earned my master's degree, and begun working as a counselor. The 1980's drew to a close with short hair, skinny jeans and Jack Purcells. I remember wanting desperately to believe I could manage an adult life, and … Continue reading 25 Years Ago