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Pink Hats, Damned Rats and Paying the Piper
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Pink Hats, Darned Rats and Paying the Piper

Saturday, January 21, 2017 was bookended by time spent in bars in San Francisco. Regardless of the side of the aisle on which you sit, it was probably a fitting activity for the day after Donald Trump’s Inauguration. For me, it was more than simply…

February 3, 2017
Light saber battle in Star Wars
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Going Up The Creek With A Paddle

As a novelist, anger and despair — and we might as well throw in angst, drama and life itself — all of that stuff bumps me into storytelling mode. When I read the newspaper these days, or Facebook and Twitter, it’s evident. I get the sense we…

December 2, 2016
Step by Step Wisdom
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Step by Step Wisdom

A clutch of tulips pushed out of the parched, rocky dirt in our backyard the other day. I marveled at their bravado and wondered what biomechanics were involved for those hardy green stalks to tunnel their way up out of the dark. I know —…

May 13, 2016
Look Ma! I'm Adulting!
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Look Ma! I’m Adulting!

I’ve been wondering about this a lot lately. Would I get into heaps of trouble with the Apple Thought Police if I admitted publicly that I do not like Siri? Or if I told you I not only disabled the app on my cellphone,…

March 11, 2016
It Starts With a Fish
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It Starts With a Fish

When I was about thirteen, my Great-Aunt came to visit us from Brazil, bearing gifts and wreathed in an aura of glamour. Aged sixty-five, her skin tight bikini fit flawlessly, she sported red-painted toenails, and consumed cherries by the handful. All the grandma-aged women I…

November 6, 2015
Driving Ol Burbon
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Driving Old ‘Burbon

You know it’s a bad sign when you’ve planned a road trip and one-third of your companions bail before the truck even leaves the driveway. I suppose the troop transport vehicle in which we were about to embark would fall under truck  category; even a twenty-seven…

June 12, 2015
Did Twitter Trump Collies and Leisure?
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Did Twitter Trump Collies and Leisure?

Ever since I jumped into the roiling waters of the Twitterverse about a year ago (feet first, nose plugged in disgust) I’ve been dog paddling, making tepid attempts to ride its waves, trying to conform and find solid ground in this fanciful world. Once in…

May 1, 2015
Running on Empty
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Running On Empty

Ieisha Gutierrez knows her two young children fight their hunger daily. It’s a battle with which she is familiar; she’s struggled with food insecurity for most of her twenty-three years. And when she has free time, after spending long hours working, after picking up…

February 27, 2015