What’s Wrong With Me?

What’s Wrong With Me?

I’m grieving — for my country I’ve felt this, on and off, since 2016 There were intimations of it even long before that; waves of disquiet and dread during the second Bush administration as it used the national tragedy of 9/11 as an excuse to plunge us into a baseless war for oil in Iraq.…

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Now Hear This!

Now Hear This!

I’m proud to be part of a new podcast I thought I had enough on my plate, but then . . . Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age is a publication on the Medium.com platform, and it’s one I began contributing to last year. I was drawn to it because of its focus — aging,…

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I’m Living in a Simulation!

I’m Living in a Simulation!

It’s lovely, but can I trust it? I know better than to believe what I see I write this as I’m sitting on the patio of our corner lot, gazing out at the linden trees and honey locusts that reach from opposite edges of the street to touch their leafy tips, shading the sidewalks. Neighbors…

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The Newest Culture War: Horse vs. Cow

The Newest Culture War: Horse vs. Cow

Seriously, this is happening Lots of schools have switched mascots Since the early 1970s, as American institutions of higher learning have recognized the insensitive and downright racist nature of their mascots — which so often denigrated Native Americans — they have ditched those symbols in favor of more benign ones. Marquett University commendably abandoned its…

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What “Pro-Life” Means

What “Pro-Life” Means

Let’s redefine the term, shall we? My heart has been so heavy this week I’m not alone, I know. We’ve all been bludgeoned by the one-after-another mass shootings in America in the past few weeks, our hearts torn and wounded and finally shattered by the news from Uvalde, Texas. But I shouldn’t use the term…

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My Family’s Letting Me Down

My Family’s Letting Me Down

If only they were more screwed up No wonder I’m so frustrated See that photo, the kids jumping for joy? Those aren’t my actual family members, but I have more than one pic of my real grandnieces and grandnephews doing the same thing. Because they’re all relentlessly healthy, functional, and high-achieving, with devoted and supportive…

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Why I’m Marching Again

Why I’m Marching Again

This time it’s not for me That’s me and my husband, rabble-rousing again Life isn’t entirely comfortable for a progressive in Idaho these days — if it ever has been. On the other hand, life isn’t entirely comfortable for anybody in the United States these days, with primary elections coming at us and campaigns for…

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Mother’s Day is Awkward

Mother’s Day is Awkward

I can’t be the only one who feels that way Don’t get me wrong; I love the cards and flowers What mother doesn’t enjoy being treated by her offspring? Mothering is hard work with high stakes, with brutal hours, a constantly shifting job description, and an uncertain retirement plan. If you’re lucky and nothing catastrophic…

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Things For Which You Forget to be Grateful

Things For Which You Forget to be Grateful

Just look around; they’re everywhere In my gratitude practice, here’s what I’ve noticed Maybe “practice” is too lofty a term. I don’t claim any specialness when it comes to spiritual mojo or mental hygiene. I’ve simply developed a nightly habit: before I turn off my bedside lamp, I write down five things I’m grateful for.…

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