Ways and means.
At this time of the year, when Earth’s tilt adjusts the planetary mood lighting, we sometimes feel the urge to hit the reset button, to attempt a bold fresh start on another calendar.
Others of us may yield to the snooze button. Whatever. There’s no right or wrong in this process. […]
Begging for change.
Dear Santa Baby,
Hey, how’s it going? Busy time for you, I realize, so I’ll keep this short.
To be honest, I have my doubts about your ability to deliver what I really want for Christmas. I’m not even sure that it falls into your area of expertise, which, as I […]
Cheap thrill: crossing the ford through Rock Creek in 1960.
When my family moved from Pennsylvania to Northern Virginia in the early 1950s we lived for a while in a small motel on Arlington Boulevard, near Fort Myer, while my parents looked for a house.
We were within Frisbee range of the Nation’s Capitol. […]
‘Tis the season for excess.
At this time of year, when we should all be thinking of others and trying to be the person our dog thinks we are etc., the impulse to go overboard can get the best of the best of us.
When my children were little, and still true believers in the […]
Is it hot in here, or is it just me?
I am part of the problem.
I drive a car. I fly across country in fuel guzzling jets. And even though I make an effort to recycle faithfully, I am part of the dominant throwaway culture.
When the world succumbs to runaway mutant viruses […]
This wonderful song by the Irish band Passenger says it all:
I tuned in to the Concert for Valor last night, after I learned that HBO was unscrambling its signal so that even non-subscribers such as I could enjoy the Veterans Day tribute.
I expected the usual bland assortment of pop music stars delivering the usual red, white, and blue anthems with earnest efficiency. And the […]
In autumn sunlight gilds the birches at the edge of Green Lake in Seattle.
Far from the maddening mud fight of politics, the world of gardening spins steadily along. Days shorten, temperatures drop, and leaves skitter across the lawn.
Gardeners are immune to the vagaries of political power struggles. Regimes and movements come and […]
Visitors whisper in the Cathedral Grove.
After a few days of hectic activity in San Francisco, we slipped across the bay and made our way to Muir Woods, a place I’d always wanted to see.
It was a Monday, and although it was a holiday (Columbus Day, or, as it is known in Berkeley, […]
The hopeful sign will fade and fall off; the journey goes on.
I broke up with Romance a few years ago.
I fired off a bitter post and threw out my romance writer magazines. I put away my childish dreams, having decided it was well past time for me to grow up. After all, […]