December 19th, 2018

going from up to down

I joined the parachute team in college and prepared for competition.  Continue reading “up-down-up” »

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surviving ourselves?

December 4th, 2018

railroad tracks mean freedom

Memories of once in awhile: Southern Pacific trains drive down long, straight tracks headed for the end of Tiburon Peninsula. Continue reading “surviving ourselves?” »

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behaving serenely

November 6th, 2018

it’s not bad to sit quietly

Three months ago I made a commitment to sit with my eyes closed for 20 minutes twice a day, in the morning and at night. Continue reading “behaving serenely” »

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October 23rd, 2018


my Earthly presence operates with unsteady willpower

should I check my bank balance or write a poem? Continue reading “Chops” »

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Hill of Crosses

October 15th, 2018

there must be a million crosses here

Siauliai, Northern Lithuania is a pilgrimage site mainly for believers of Catholic Christianity, but ancient historical origins  place crosses in this particular location for hundreds of years, since the lost uprising Wars of Independence of 1831. Continue reading “Hill of Crosses” »

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future and past mix

August 21st, 2018

bagpipes seem mystical to me

My brother decided to play bagpipes when he was twelve years old, and found a Scotsman who lived nearby to teach him how to play. Continue reading “future and past mix” »

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what is a shaman?

August 7th, 2018

we all seem to have animal spirit guides

My dear friend’s husband is dying of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease and she’s his caretaker.  It is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease that effects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Continue reading “what is a shaman?” »

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calming down

July 17th, 2018


love calms us down

Try sleeping after a phone call in the middle of the night, no matter the type of call.  How to return to sleep? Continue reading “calming down” »

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life with drunk parents

July 10th, 2018

old school television had knobs

I made sure no friends were around when my father put on a green jumpsuit and locked himself up in his bedroom for hours with cheap beer, singing Bing Crosby Irish songs over and over. Continue reading “life with drunk parents” »

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travel without

June 5th, 2018

life is worth the risk

Another dream recently came my way: I was traveling in Czechoslovakia, and discovered my bag wasn’t what I thought it was.  Continue reading “travel without” »

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