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What’s your nose doing in the waste basket?

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This might be called an ode to fate or, just a humorous, poorly timed event — for me, just 10 days after a shoulder replacement, when I was totally drugged-out, barely remembering my own name.  Everyone was assuming I was quietly in bed.  I wasn’t.    MY WIFE TO OUR DAUGHTER:    Get up! your father just fell in the wastsbasket ANS: …

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I really miss my Kat

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For five years we lived on a farm with an increasingly participatory companion.  One day I stopped to open the main gate and realized how far the relationship had already gone.  A yellow striped Kat was sitting on my truck’s console —  where he henceforth regularly sat and moved over to drive.  From this beginning we increased our companionship: he followed to my studio, to the …

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And they swam and she smiled

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As I was just finishing my regular swim at our community pool, in came a family: mother, father, teenage daughter, surrounding and guiding a wheelchair containing a second, seemingly older daughter.  All were laughing, smiling, chattering.  They cruised around to the edge of the “river lanes,” a circuitous stream with a continuously flowing current.  They eased their delighted daughter from …

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Returning to “my people”

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Eight years away from my roots, I returned home, to my neighborhood, to rediscover “my people,” a mix of idiosyncratic, iconoclastic, independent, non-judgmental, delightful souls seeking intangible values. Most of us meet weekly. Describing ourselves better, one of the Greek philosophers observed “if the soul is the intangible part of the human being looking for intangible values, then love is …

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Corporate soup

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Moving cross country we had passed a truck similar to this one. We should have recognized it as an omen. I don’t think we had ever heard the term “corporate soup.” A motel with its associated restaurant did us the honor. Tired and looking for rest and food, we found a nice motel with adjoining restaurant chain. “Well, one chain …

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The spirit leaves the house

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There is nothing like packing up and moving from your home of several years.  As the art and pictures are taken from the walls, the pots from the kitchen packed, and the dog bowls put into a transport container — the spirit has left. Well, we all like to think it is just in a box, but it only partially is. …

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Four good citizens

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I was talking to a couple who are good friends —  more importantly they are GOOD CITIZENS.  Two others I know well have earned that moniker, not only from me but from many who lived with and around them. I have seen a good measure of life and I have concluded that the most important people are those who care …

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How to get a fast referral

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This is about health care and how I, or should I say my cat, got the world’s fastest referral. Our feral cat Dennis was adopted for his supposed ability to keep vermin out of our house, for which Dennis’ claws were needle sharp and intact.  He could defend himself or get up a tree with faster-than-a-fast-dog speed. Now if you have …

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My early spring friend

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We gardeners are an optimistic lot, particularly in the spring — nothing like getting into the soil for the first time, setting out the plants that will make the early garden.  For two years I had a large friend with an even larger propensity to lie happily in the freshly dug and composted beds.  I had barely finished putting out the compost …

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Nudging life along

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We come to the beginning of a new year once a year. We seem to have just enough time to remind ourselves that life is always about transitions; and that sometimes the best we can do is to just nudge these repeating beginnings toward our desired path. What we should appreciate is what we can reach — the ability to create moments of …

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