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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #2

Here is the second excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose taken from books I’ve read over the years. This one is taken from Desert Solitaire, a memoir written in 1968 by Edward Abbey about his time as a park … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #1

I’ve read a lot of books over my lifetime, and some of the writing has touched me so deeply with its beauty or humor or originality that I’ve put together a collection of my favorite excerpts. I’ve decided to post … Continue reading

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A Peace Offering

I’m cleaning out drawers.  There’s this one bedroom drawer that serves as an historical archive of my entire life!  It’s got some old diaries, baby teeth, whole pony tails of my bright red hair donated by my mom. How can … Continue reading

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Little Boys Grow Up

I’ve overdosed on the Royal Wedding. Sniffled as many tears as if Prince Harry were my own son. Why all this emotion? Prince Harry reminds me a lot of my youngest son. They’re the same age. Both good-looking young men … Continue reading

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Reading Poetry Aloud

When I arrived in the classroom the tables were almost filled. I looked around and saw some familiar faces.  That was a relief. I had mixed feelings about this class. I’d signed up for it in spite of considerable resistance.  … Continue reading

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A Very Very Nice Day

Today was a perfect 10. It started with a good night’s rest and an adventure on the way. As soon as I tumbled out of bed, I threw on my robe and popped outside to check the weather. Perfect. 70s … Continue reading

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

It’s Good Friday. I used to be Catholic, but no longer. Yet Holy Week still feels sacred to me and on Good Friday I like to do the Stations of the Cross in the big overgrown garden behind the rectory … Continue reading

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A Simpler Love

A favorite poem by Billy Collins, one of America’s poet laureates.  Aimless Love This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, I fell in love with a wren and later in the day with a mouse the cat had dropped … Continue reading

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Cricket Haiku (almost)

Good evening, crickets, little pinpricks of sound in the night. My meditation partners.

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The Beat Goes On!

I’ve been in a slump for months!  A nasty rut filled with one challenge after another. The flu from hell, a hurricane, a boyfriend break-up, an auto accident,  a hurried-up car search,  a blankety-blank  auto insurance company that made my … Continue reading

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