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My wife emailed me a link… Likely you’ve seen the post. Its been on Yahoo Parenting and on the Good Housekeeping site. It’s titled: “Estrangement Doesn’t Just Happen to ‘Bad’ Moms — It Happened to Me Too”. In the post the author discusses her son’s engagement to a young woman, their wedding plans and how everything fell […]

Big Dummy’s Revelation

Monday morning. I’m in my 8 AM composition class sitting behind a raised computer desk talking about systems. Here’s the thing — on this day I made a great cup of tea in my 21 ounce stainless steel travel mug. Before leaving the house I let steep one bag of decaf English Breakfast and one regular […]

Acceptance, meet Reluctance

So it happened: this week I turned 50. How the hell did that happen? I don’t really “feel” any different, or more grown up. I keep waiting for wisdom to descend from up on high, but that appears unlikely. Probably for the best. Chasing that need for wisdom, I realize there are a great many things in […]

Refugee No More

  If I am being honest, I’ve always had a rock-n-roll dream. Honestly, who hasn’t? I don’t play as often as I’d like, but I love my guitars. If I lack anything other than time required for devotion to my instruments, I suppose it would be drive and discipline. Maybe it’s my personality — at […]

Current

Sensible eyes could read it from the shore. Swells topped out at eighth to ten. Cross currents swung unnaturally across the sand at the waterline after each break. The cautious stood, feet buried holding boards and tugging at the edges of their wetsuits. Braver ones bounced atop the curls, waiting. This late in the season […]

Door of a Thousand Yeses

My daughter’s bedroom door makes me think of all the “No”s I’ve ever said. This is mainly because the door represents a big old “Yes!” Our house was never really huge on rules. When the kids were small we pretty much let them do whatever they wanted to their rooms with one exception — the […]

Grilled Firecracker Pork

Looking for something different to make the next time you grill? Look no further, this grilled pork is a keeper! Ingredients: 3 lb. boneless pork loin 3/4c. Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce 1/3c. orange marmalade 1/2tsp. Tabasco sauce 1/2tsp. horseradish   Directions: Season pork with salt and pepper and place over indirect heat on grill. […]

The poetry of our very flesh

In Walt Whitman’s Preface to Leaves of Grass, Whitman writes: “…and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of it lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes and every motion and joint of your body.” Several weeks […]

Pies in the Sky

Rolling out the dough across the floured countertop becomes her silent lament. Time was the kitchen would filled with bustling bodies. Twice yearly they baked pies — fall apple; summer blueberry. Fruit would be harvested and sorted, washed and peeled, tiny hands sticky with everything. Fewer local farms now, fruit comes in small plastic supermarket […]

Flash Flood Warning

A rising wall of black water hits hard, enveloping and sweeping fast away all the carried things they lugged from the parking area three quarters of a mile up canyon. The roaring rush scoured laughter and relaxation with silenced desperation and raging fear. A father holds fast to his baby and a bending tree. A […]

Effortless Effort?

I screwed up my knee. For the past three weeks running has been painful. Equally painful is the fact that the registration deadline for the half-marathon came and went on June 30th. True I can still register and run the race in October as planned — a birthday gift to myself which I announced months […]

Lion Fish Vacuum

Robert follows the Lion Fish deeper into the reef, spear ready.  An invasive species in the Keys, these are legal prey. Within reach something yanks from behind, tugging; the mask falls from his face. Oxygen evaporates gulping water gasping. He jolts awake. He’s never been diving in his life. He’s never been anywhere. HIs legs, […]

Farewell Ninja Mouse

I’m a killer. Not the pathologically homicidial kind found on “Criminal Minds”, nor am I the quasi-accidental kind from “How To Get Away with Murder”. No, I am a killer of mice. “Why is there a dead mouse outside,” my wife asked as she headed off for a run. “I’m leaving him there as a […]

Dark Matter

Either we are the most superlative creations that this universe has ever seen, or we are the least significant life forms that this cosmos has to offer. This “either-or” proposition does not sit well with us. It has never sat well with us, at least for the last several thousand years, that is. Humanity demands […]

Brownie Cookie Dough Cake

Turning 16 deserves a special cake! Actually, it garnered two cakes! Ice cream cake is a birthday must have in our house for the kids’ birthdays, but we were getting together with friends to celebrate and needed a more portable cake. So Alexandra got two cakes! Brownie Cookie Dough Cake Ingredients: For the Brownie: 1 […]

Crab Apple Crisis

She thought it ridiculous their son had been stuck for hours in that tree. “Help him now,” she told her husband. Through the slider he saw the boy caught in high crooked branches, “He”ll figure it out.” “Two hours,” she folded into a harsh angle pointing. “Go.” With a nod the ladder was gotten, but his […]

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