I Don’t Say This Enough

You read what I write, and that means everything to me It’s not my style to get all sappy and maudlin — no, that’s a lie. Getting sappy and maudlin is absolutely my style, but I mostly try to squelch that impulse. It’s embarrassing. But if there is ever a time for sentiment, the beginning…

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It’s My Sister’s Last Christmas

As it was last year, and the year before My holiday memories all take place in my middle sister’s house A rambling, colorful, comfortable house hugging the foothills of the central California coast. A house where we three sisters and our families gathered most years, my oldest sister and her crew traveling south from Santa Cruz…

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2023’s Word of the Year:

Not the word I’d choose You know we’re on the calendar’s last page when this list comes out Certain rituals signal the close of another of Earth’s trips around the sun. Some have a clear purpose, like hanging up festive lights to cheer up the growing darkness.  Others, not so much. What’s with the compulsion to…

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Derek Chavin Got Stabbed in Prison. That’s Not Justice

Now my recent podcast interview with the founder of the Idaho Innocence Project is on replay in my head Derek Chauvin deserved his prison sentence. But not this If you managed to stomach watching the infamous video footage from May 25, 2020, you haven’t forgotten it. Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer with previous complaints against…

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My Frivolous Method of Saving the Planet

Consignment shopping rocks Nothing lifts my mood like having fun things to wear Call me shallow. But sometimes life gets to me and I require distraction.  Hence, shopping.  When the world is too much with me (war in the Middle East! And Ukraine! Climate change! Voter suppression!) shopping has the power to do for me what yoga,…

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I No Longer Write About Politics

I know I said that, but now’s the time to make an exception. A colleague once told me, “I’m not interested in politics.” I was taken aback. The man was well-educated, a history teacher who drilled his seventh-graders on the Constitution until they could recite its articles in order.  I replied, “Well, it’s like what…

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Help Rewrite the Ending of This Story

It could have been different A story in the New York Times broke my heart As tragic as the story is, it points to an opportunity to prevent more like it from happening. For someone with life experience and time available — maybe someone like you — it may even be a call to not only serve those in desperate…

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The Man Too Rich to Die

Meet the zillionaire whose penis will help him live forever It sounds like the pitch for a near-future sci-fi movie: a guy who’s made zillions in hi-tech startups at a young age devotes his time and fortune not only to trying to fend off aging but to defeat death itself. So he sequesters himself in…

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Yes, go to the funeral

Because showing up matters “I love funerals!” said no one ever I doubt even morticians say that. At least, not out loud. For the rest of us, there is no “fun” in funerals. That holds true even when they’re called something else, like “memorial” or “celebration of life.” However they’re presented, they always mean the same…

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