Category Archives: Navel Gazing (and I Don’t Mean Oranges)

Excerpts from “Blue Nights” and My Own As-Yet-Unwritten Memoir

Joan Didion wrote “The Year of Magical Thinking” after her husband, John Dunne, died of a heart attack at the dinner table, and her daughter, Quintana Roo, collapsed into a serious illness from which no doctor could retrieve her for … Continue reading

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Extracting Light

I am struggling a little bit, just a little bit. A couple of tears slipped down my cheek when our church children’s choir sang Away in a Manger at our Lessons and Carols service this week. Afterwards our preacher read … Continue reading

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I Won a Major Award!

I recently won a major award. Oh wait, not that.  This: The above is an award currently circulating among bloggers, and Magic Cookie decided I was an interesting enough person that she would bestow it upon me.  Although I like … Continue reading

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I just read an article about being a distracted parent.  It was a bit overwrought in my opinion – MAN, do twenty first century parents really know how to beat ourselves up – but its point is one I take. … Continue reading

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I am one of those people that likes to make resolutions.  I do my best work when I have some sort of external driver, even if I create the external driver my own self.  Plus, it’s tradition.  So, in the … Continue reading

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