Category Archives: Reflections

We Need the Eggs

Donald Trump’s escalated display of erratic, delusional, and childish behavior reminds me of a joke told by Woody Allen. This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need [...]

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Shedding

I have been here before—preparing for the yard-sale of the century, I mean. Getting ready to leave my home, unsure of what is next. Decluttering so that prospective buyers can walk through the house without tripping on the dog toys. It’s a great exercise in paring down, in letting go of the superfluous, in shedding [...]

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump: It’s a No-Brainer

I have been thinking a lot about the two major candidates in the 2016 Presidential race, and here are a few of my observations as I compare them on some of the issues. I am a woman who has lived through and benefited from over fifty years of progress in Women’s Rights. When I entered [...]

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Ash Wednesday

This is a selection from my book, Into the Wilderness, which is available from Apollo Ranch Institute Press: http://apolloranchinstitutepress.com/books/   Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still.                     –T.S. Eliot   I thought Ash Wednesday was the title of a poem by T.S. Eliot until I learned about the [...]

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A pre-blog blog from a non-blogging blogger

“When did you stop blogging? I thought maybe you had died.” These were sobering words from a reader who had visited my web site and wanted to talk to me about my book Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death. I didn’t really stop, I told him. I just took a sabbatical. So [...]

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Giving Thanks for Imperfect Families

  There are many occasions when I miss my mother…like when someone says something that I know would make her laugh with contagious abandonment and no one could possibly let the sound of her joyful eruption subside before feeling embraced by it. As I hike up the mountain where she taught me the names of [...]

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Election 2012: Patsy Gives Me Hope

Early voting starts here in three days. I have avoided posting political stuff on social media. I figure my husband, Chuck Campbell, does enough for both of us. As Treasurer for Patsy Keever’s campaign for Congress, he is more than a little bit involved. I have done my part behind the scenes. (And someone has to [...]

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Thoughts while folding laundry

So I was folding laundry—underwear to be specific. It has to be folded sort of like a shirt, in thirds. Then another fold and it is ready to be filed into the drawer with the fold-side up so I can see all the patterns and colors. I’ve been doing it that way as long as [...]

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Adventures in Self-Publishing

When I published three books with Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons in 2000-2003, I did not even consider self-publishing. It was what people did when they could not find a “real” publisher. I was quite willing to get out and promote my books, but I certainly did not want to get into the publishing business. That changed [...]

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The Imperfect House

When my sister-in-law Margaret, an excellent ‘cellist, asked if I would host a house concert during her July visit, my immediate response was “Sure, that sounds like fun!” Then, as I sat in the living room sipping coffee and petting the cat, I began seeing my house through the eyes of a chamber music patron. [...]

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