Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fearless Love

An elderly couple, living in a rural area of the state, died this week. Their neighbors, who spoke kindly of them, were unsettled by the departure. The husband called 9-1-1 to report a mercy killing. When the police arrived at their residence … Continue reading

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Oddly Proper

Peter was a parody of a man. He grew up in Papua, New Guinea. His parents were post WWII expatriots from the U.K. His favorite word was proper; as in “the proper way of doing things.” The Higgins character on Magnum PI must have been modeled after … Continue reading


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Once Again

Last night I dreamt of my mother. She was in her early 40’s, in the kitchen, as it was when we were all still at home. In the dream, I knew she was dead while she was standing by the kitchen … Continue reading

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Mourning the 4th

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly … Continue reading

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Expecting Courtesy

Yesterday my oldest and dearest friend asked me to write something about our youth and the citizens of the sheltered seaside town where we lived. She made her request during a conversation we were having about the generous acceptance and tolerance for … Continue reading

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Mindless Life

Earlier this week, a conservative Christian blathered on about the appalling irony and hypocrisy that deeply offended him when pro-choice advocates could not understand the absence of due process in the bin Laden assassination by the United States, which blatantly ignored the sovereignty of … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Optimism

My mother was an optimist. I was surprised to learn that she thought of herself as an organ donor. Her driver’s license was renewed in her 69th year and she generously checked the box to recycle her organs for donation. … Continue reading

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Attained Defeat

I have just about reached the limit. No, scratch that. I’ve exceeded the limit, gone beyond any possible expectation, attained better than best. Yes, I have. Unfortunately, I alone recognize and acknowledge this state of transcendence. As are so many … Continue reading

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Marshfield Comforts

We spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house as children. They were strict,  old-fashioned, retired, school teachers who obsessively corrected our grammar. The rules and level of expectation they imposed were unfamiliar. We dared not revolt. Our parents divorced so … Continue reading

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Fun Run

A large portion of my life has been enormously fun. I have been acutely aware of the good times while I was having them; I knew the exact moments when the world was my oyster. Recently, I heard someone from my past … Continue reading

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