On Rolling Rocks, Blooming Plants and Tumbleweeds

Wise old sayings are great — until they’re not. I grew up with all sorts of sayings. Some are confusing, like A rolling stone gathers no moss.  Is it good to avoid being covered by moss? Or is being covered by moss better? Industriousness can be good, but busyness for busyness’ sake isn’t. We need …

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It’s Time to Cancel Cancel Culture

We All Lose When We Don’t Allow People to Change I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s with protests, boycotts and strikes. The purpose for these activities is to effect change. And they often work. People, corporations, and governments do make changes and find alternative ways of functioning that everyone can agree on. But …

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Thankful for 2020? You’re Crazy!

“How can anyone be thankful for this wreck of a year?” you ask. My answer: it’s the tough times that we learn from the most. As I’ve begun preparing for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, it seems rather anachronous. All the families debating over get togethers, some going ahead, some postponing, others split. And that’s just …

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A World Turned Upside Down, Thanks To Four Feet

Let me tell you the story of a nine-pound whirlwind named Star. She appeared one day during Missy’s and my regular morning walk. Small, dirty, hairy and super shy, we spotted her under a car. After a couple of weeks, I realized that she was actually staying across the street in Chapo’s yard, when she …

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Desert Fog

My first recollection of fog was after my family moved to Seattle, WA, when I was eight. Leaving to walk to my new school, fog made an unfamiliar area alien. I couldn’t see across the street — I could barely see the traffic light! Would I even find the school? Fog became a familiar force …

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