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August 2020

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 4:44am
9 Sunday Naps. Deep breaths. Ginger tea. Water. Air. 8 Saturday The body’s feedback. Talking it out. With a good person. Who is also a friend. Letting the conversation come to you. Having something useful to say. Not saying too much. For a change. The men and women who are trying as hard as they […]
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Thu, 08/06/2020 - 4:41pm
This space has been vacated of late as my meager writing bandwidth is being taken up by an essay I am writing for a regional magazine. I will note the occasion of its publication at that time.
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Give Up the Dream

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:04pm
Sometimes an utterance — whether an essay, a book review, a personal communication, whatever — comes to mind with such clarity. It makes me giddy. It’s about all I can think about. Or want to. For an hour or more. In my head, it’s forceful or sweet or tender or provocative. But then … when […]
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July 2020

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 4:54pm
31 Friday A mowed lawn. Perfect nights. Night lights. Your health. Your gut. Your bed. Your dog. Your moods. All the birds. 30 Thursday Perfect mornings. Plenty of time to walk. Recovery day. Snout soccer. Bosch episodes — the second-time through. When you can follow it all. The anticipation of a new book. Digestive breaks. […]
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Sat, 07/25/2020 - 5:21am
I am trying to draft an essay. I am putting pressure on myself to make it good. This is not advised. First drafts and good are mutually exclusive. When I start an essay I am cranky until I have a solid draft. When I have a solid draft, I can fly. I can edit and […]
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I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

Sun, 07/19/2020 - 6:53am
What is the story with the beetles we encounter on our walks who manage to go belly up on the sidewalk with no apparent ability to right themselves? They move their myriad legs as if they are running in the park yet they are not moving. They are going nowhere. Maybe not ever again. Unless […]
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Expand the Problem

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 9:01am
I have been drawn of late to the remarks and writings of certain politically conservative intellectuals — contemporary critics guided by principles rather than power or policy agendas. People who do or did identify as Republicans all of their lives but who at this critical time are willing to speak truth even if it means […]
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Beautiful Morning

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 7:37am
The squirrel, my dog’s arch nemesis, showed up first thing. So did the birds — so many small birds gathered around the feeders, on the tree limbs. And bunnies. We must have just passed mating season for we see so many young rabbits on our walks right now. This morning, we had the neighborhood to […]
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