Don’t say I never told you this

There won’t be a lot of words in this blog, but you’ll notice the ones that aren’t there. We grow into our skills and understanding in life, and some we develop sooner than others. I was pretty good at observation even as a child. When I was 12 I...

Go set a timer

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released this week and quickly sold 105,000 copies in its first day. Barnes and Noble reported the novel’s sale to be the highest in its history. Reviews superceded even the date of publication: the New York Times printed...

The cottage rental, 2015

That title looks harmless, doesn’t it? Perhaps pleasant, perhaps nostalgic. Maybe your family had a cottage when you were little – maybe you got heartily sick of going there. Maybe it’s the source of some of your very best memories. Our family camped. My dad was in...

What story would you tell?

Yesterday I wrote about a half-naked woman who walked through a downtown intersection looking distressed. I thought she might need help and wondered anxiously whether I should get off my bicycle and approach her. I started to tell my daughter about her last night. She...

What should I have done? What would you?

At this time in my life, I am trying to be less helpful. If someone’s on their cell phone walking towards me on the middle of the sidewalk, I don’t step to one side. I eat the last orange. I don’t help out like I used to–it’s someone...

Hand me the Band-Aids

The replacement of words seems to be a response to changing times, but it’s really a simplistic and superficial way to pretend you’re doing something. The most recent example is the transgender focus in the media as a result of Caitlyn Jenner’s...
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