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Three Unconventional Things I’m Thankful For

It was so funny glancing over this post I wrote last year. It’s funny because I think I’ve changed so much and I’m experiencing a whole bunch of new things. And yet, as I read this, I realized that I’m pretty much the same as I was last year when I wrote this! I’m still […]

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Dying Butterfly

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I spent the day visiting some old friends. We ate freshly-baked chocolate zucchini cake and had a good chat. Here’s a post I wrote a few years back. It’s about a former student and how a dying butterfly got us talking about life and death. The […]

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Summer Mourning

Today I’m in mourning. I’m mourning the fresh fruit and vegetables, the dewy morning grass, the towering sunflowers. I’m mourning time alone and time spent with friends. I’m mourning sweet, summer wine and long, golden-lit evenings. I’m mourning summer’s loss. Maybe it’s the weather… Perhaps it’s the cool, dull weather making my heart ache – […]

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The Stars and the Moon to Gain

Here’s a piece I wrote a while back about what we miss when we don’t get outside and look up at the night sky. A friend recently told me the story of their friends who came to visit from Calgary. They were staying with my friends on their farm in northern Alberta. Before they went […]

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Why Thinking About Death is Worthwhile

Whenever I see a dead bird in my backyard, I feel sad. I consider this backyard with its flowers and shrubs and birdfeeder and birdbath to be a sanctuary for birds, bees, and butterflies. Those little creatures are welcome here. This morning I was out mowing the lawn in the already oppressive heat. As I […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I Love Social Media I love social media like I love salty potato chips! Even better, social media is like eating salty potato chips with interesting people from all over the world. When I consider leaving most social media platforms, I already miss those engaging people. I know. I’ve heard about trolls, too, and I’ve […]

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Avoiding Writing About Anthony Bourdain – A Summer Morning Photo Blogpost

This photo blog is lovely, but it is also a cop-out. This is me still avoiding writing about Anthony Bourdain’s suicide that took place on June 8th in a hotel room in France. Many of the pieces I’ve read about the incident state that Bourdain was staying in a “luxury” hotel, as if it’s impossible […]

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On Trees – by Susan Briscoe (from The Death Project)

Here’s an interesting writer who engagingly and generously shares her experience of dying. We’ve all got to do it sooner or later, and I sure appreciate the wisdom passed along by folks like Susan. Be sure to check out her posts and site here on WordPress. (Her photos – as featured here – are wonderful, […]

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Paint Me New

During the summer, my time opens up. Suddenly, I’ve got more time to write, to visit, to just sit and do nothing, an activity of which I’m very fond. There’s time to wander around with my camera and wait for the birds to hold still. There’s time to organize and clean, and there’s finally time […]

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Massage Assumptions

Being manipulated by a man never felt so right. About five years ago now I threw a 70th birthday party for my dad. For the first time, I’d created a huge power point presentation – more like a movie than a slideshow. As a result of the work I’d done on the computer for days […]

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