Category Archives: Story

Fallen Leaves and a Squirrel’s Crucifixion

It was already mid-December, but the last round of fallen leaves still covered my sister’s backyard. I was in town for a visit, and she asked if I’d help her collect them. We togged up and headed out into the balmy … Continue reading

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Every So Often

Every so often, it’s good to do something that scares the hell out you. To choose to do it. Not that running into it by accident isn’t also useful, but choosing to put yourself in a situation that scares you … Continue reading

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Safari too Close to Home

The grey light of early morning barely illuminated the features of our yard: the sitting rock masquerading as a snowy mound, the standing juniper branches drooping like so many petals from their snowy burden, the gentle slope of lawn stretching … Continue reading

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Tales from the Bush

We’re story-tellers by nature. The truth of this came back to me while on safari in South Africa. Everyone I met as I traveled on the fringes of Kruger National Park – drivers, hosts, rangers, game drive passengers, waiters and … Continue reading

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Fear in Small Doses

I’d been on the phone, sitting in my car in an empty parking lot. A friend was telling me about a funeral she’d just attended, and I listened to her sadness as the sky darkened on the late afternoon.  Switching … Continue reading

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The Instability of Meaning

Definition being nothing but making another understand by Words, what Idea the term defined stands for. – John Locke The instability of meaning. I like this turn of phrase. Like it because it gets right at the heart of the … Continue reading

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My Father’s Day

He drove the car slowly around the circle out of the empty south lot toward the one nearer the north fields. The hot slant of the noon sun made him squint as he drank in the smell of coming summer … Continue reading

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Four Hours and a Flash

Four hours. That’s the time it took to take a sentence I heard a month ago and turn it into a 700-word expression of what that sentence means to me. It’s a thing of beauty going from the barest slip of … Continue reading

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Alphabetical Order

Have I told you how much I love James Gleick’s The Information? If I haven’t, I find it hard to believe. There haven’t been many conversations in which I didn’t at least mention it since I stumbled upon it (and I mean that literally, … Continue reading

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“Stone” is, in all probability, a film you haven’t seen, and maybe haven’t even heard of. I remember seeing a trailer for it awhile ago and made a mental note because I love Edward Norton, and noticed he was acting against De … Continue reading

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