I’m Not Going Away

I’ll just be in my cave for awhile I’m about to do a very scary thing It might not seem that way to you. But for me, it makes my innards feel discombobulated, as though they’ve been slightly rearranged. Here’s the deal: I have a big trip coming up, one across the pond to France to celebrate my beloved better half’s big birthday later this fall. That’s not what’s making my stomach twirly. Once we get back, I’m diving into a big hairy writing project: revising the rough draft of a novel, which in this case may well be a…

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Your Name Escapes Me

I remember you. Just not your name You can tell I’ve forgotten, can’t you? You’re too nice to point that out, of course, which in a way makes me feel even stupider. But I’m standing in the endless checkout line at the big-box retailer and you roll your shopping cart up behind mine and say, “Hi, Jan!” and I, startled out of wondering if I was supposed to get that one kind of toothpaste they have here, the kind my dentist told me to use, or do we still have a couple of tubes left from the stockpile we bought…

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Let’s Make This Easy

Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I’d love to hear from you Just like all bloggers, writers, and podcasters want to hear from their readers or listeners, I’m thrilled when I get a comment. Because I know this, I try to make sure I leave comments or otherwise reach out to the online creators whom I follow. But honestly, sometimes it’s a pain to scroll down and leave a comment on a blog post, or DM someone on Twitter, or do whatever it is one does on TikFace, etc. And because I’m writing on multiple platforms and also releasing…

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Don’t Miss the Double Launch

Listen up: episodes of two podcasts taking off today Sometimes good things come in two’s And sometimes schedules just coincide. Either way, today is the release date of two episodes from two different podcasts I’m involved in. I’m so tickled by them both, that I’m over here, horn-tooting! Toot 1: new Crow’s Feet podcast episode I’m way excited about this month’s episode, in which I get to host the witty and always worthwhile Roz Warren — an editor, writer, and author with serious creds who never makes the mistake of taking herself too seriously. How she reinvented herself in her…

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RIP, Molly

You made a graceful exit The problem with dogs is that they don’t live long Not long by human standards, that is. If Molly had been human, she wouldn’t even have had her driver’s learning permit. But Molly was a dog — a very, very good dog — and, at only weeks shy of her 15th birthday, she was also a very, very old dog. I posted a few weeks ago about the scare Molly gave us, how she seemed to lose consciousness while still standing, how she was suddenly weak and struggled for breath. And how, without much fuss,…

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“A Solution Waiting To Happen”

The Exciting Potential of Cogeneration I was on a Zoom this week with the Crow’s Feet podcast team ICYMI: Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age is a publication within the Medium platform — one of the better ones, in my never-humble opinion, and one that I often write for. In June, Crow’s Feet launched a monthly podcast, and I’m part of the production team. We have weekly Zoom meetings, and I always sign off feeling lucky to be involved with such a bright and engaged group, all of them interesting and interested. We often talk about the potential of people…

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Tanka For the Dog Days

Noodling on numbers —and time Maybe you already know this The term “dog days,” meant to denote the hottest stretch of summer weather, does not derive from panting pooches lolling in the heat, their tongues unfurled. No, this period got its moniker from the ancient Romans, in reference to the star Sirius, also called the Dog Star for its position in the constellation Canis Major — which means, of course, “big dog.” Sirius is the brightest star in our sky, and the Romans, at least the observant ones, noticed that the one-to-two-month period in which it rises and sets with…

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Molly on Mortality

Dogs understand things we don’t If Molly were human, she would be 90 Roughly speaking, that is. There’s the old formula in which one year in a dog’s life equals seven in a human’s, but that’s been replaced by more nuanced metrics. Now you can find charts that list the ages of dogs relative to humans that depend on breed, size, and so on. Molly is slightly over 50 pounds and is from sturdy hunting stock. She’s a Pudelpointer, which means she is not a poodle-pointer cross but carries a pedigree from an established breed known for their talent as…

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Turned Off By Politics?

Turned Off By Politics?

How about by being a citizen? You may not be interested in politics. But politics is interested in you That’s a version of a saying often attributed to Leon Trotsky, except with the word “war” replacing “politics.” I did a little fact-checking, which revealed that maybe the saying originated with Trotsky and maybe it didn’t. Either way, the truth of it holds — for both war and politics. It seems that for many of us, our feelings about politics are nearly as negative as about war. Increasingly we associate the very term “politics” with division and conflict. Politics is the…

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