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Work in Progress Day

My wonderful friend and fellow writer (and Warren Wilson alum!) Elizabeth Mosier tells me it’s Work in Progress Day and has tagged me to share the opening paragraph of what I’m working on.  I’m honored and a little daunted — … Continue reading

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A Mass Murder of Children by Guns Every Week

I finally made myself listen to President Obama’s words as he addressed the grieving community of Newtown, Connecticut a few days ago.  I assumed they would be wise and compassionate:  he is a good man, a thoughtful man, one capable … Continue reading

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Talking About Mental Health in the Wake of Sandy Hook

Many of you have already seen this essay by the mother of a mentally ill child called “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother.”  There has been a lot of talk around the internet about whether this mother is unfairly demonizing and … Continue reading

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Language, Snobbery, Mockery, Pain

Over at A Star in the Face of the Sky,  novelist David Haynes is having a conversation about language and snobbery and mockery and privacy and teaching and other interesting, difficult things.  Today my friend Robin Black kicked off the conversation … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe and the Limits of Schadenfreude

Tuesday night was such a wild ride, my house full of wonderful people – neighbors and church folk and teenagers and toddlers – and we had great food and drink and conversation, much celebrating in the streets when the networks … Continue reading

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For All The Saints, Especially Carl

This morning Carl Kleis died, such a dear man, such a good man.  I can’t stop crying.  He was not young – in his 80’s – and he lived a good life, and he had an aggressive cancer that he … Continue reading

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Becoming Natives in the Age of Sandy

One of my favorite “contrary farmers” (in the phrase coined by another of my favorite contrary farmers, Gene Logsdon) is a little-known man named Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.  He and others like him have … Continue reading

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Reunion

A reunion is a tricky thing for an introvert.  I went to my 25th Earlham College reunion this past weekend with some trepidation:  I’ve been feeling tired lately, and autumn is generally a time I like to hunker down in … Continue reading

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A Trifecta of Goodness

A year ago a really smart shrink brought me back from the brink of what was revving up to be one of the worst seasons of my life with a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and a prescription for Lexapro. … Continue reading

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Notes to Self: Garden

This afternoon Julie and started putting the garden to bed, and I thought I should really do what I always say I’m going to do, which is take some notes in the fall about that I want to remember in … Continue reading

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