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STAGESTRUCK

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Sometime in 2012, a few women who have since dubbed themselves Seriously Fun Productions, headed by Diana Lindsay, realized they wanted to learn more about the local women they met in coffee shops, at workshops, at the gym, or choosing vegetables at the local farmers’ market. And how about the artists, the farmers, the...

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Poetry on my Mind

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Photo by rolandmey

Poetry is much on my mind these days. It is my intention to complete a book-length manuscript of my poems, and to have found a publisher for the book by year's end. I'm deep into the processes of polishing and organizing 70+ poems, and...

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Coloring Inside the Lines

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It is just a tiny memory, the flicker of an unexpected something seen from the corner of my...

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THE GENTLE SPORT

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  There is so much serious stuff going on in our world. So painfully much. You probably know the global stories far...

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WHAT IS OURS TO DO?

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constitution photo WHAT is ours to do? Only time will tell what the results of our November election mean to us. But one thing I'm sure it means: Helen Price Johnson, a local politician that I admire and respect, will be serving her third four-year term as one of our three...

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Six Things I Don't "Do"

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cocktail party photo   Where I live, on a large island floating in the Salish Sea, there aren’t many urbane, urban-style cocktail parties. That’s a good thing, to me, because COCKTAIL PARTY is on my list of things I don’t do. I used to be able to make small...

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THIS TIME OF YEAR

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HARVEST photoThe falling of leaves changes the face of a forest, and we can see beyond the trees. The produce of the harvest in our pantries gives a sense of wellbeing. Pondering the demise of the gardens that made the harvest possible reminds us of mortality....

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Me and My Car

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  Fact One: I plan to...

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Crones with Tool Belts

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In the corner of a coffee shop I sit across from a woman 30 years younger than I. I’m drinking...

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REGRETS and CURIOSITY

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REFLECTION photoOne of the human qualities I most appreciate, about myself and about others, is curiosity, and its cousin courage. A person who wonders is a person who is engaged with life regardless of their age or circumstances. From the trivial (how many people DO live in Chicago?)...

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A Drop of Holy Silence

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drop photo Even at noon the Friday traffic was miserable, mostly 30 mph from north of Seattle to south of Tacoma. It took us four hours to make the two-hour trip from Whidbey Island to St. Placid Priory in Lacey, WA. Janice had been to the priory before. When she...

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The Rudest Question

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It can stop a conversation short: the word WHY. Especially when it’s asked about feelings.   In our culture WHY carries...

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Writing as a Radical Act

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    All the chairs in a circle, Whidbey-Island-style, three recent authors gathered with a room full of writers to...

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Rehearsing dying (without being at death’s door)

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When it comes to dental work, I’m a real wuss. If anyone...

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AMEN

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A friend of mine who’s a rabbi teaches that if you say amen to a blessing, you have said...

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Margins: Where the Familiar seems Strange

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Last week Meeting in the Margins and I were welcomed to Ravenna Third Place...

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THE VALUE OF GOSSIP

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Dad was a painfully private man, especially in his later years, after Mother...

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FEATHERS: “Divine Messages” to and from life’s margins

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The significance of feathers as a personal symbol dawned on me in my early...

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Celebrating the Book

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Throughout the evening there was a Knowing that THIS was a high point in my life. “Take it in,”...

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What’s a Blog For?

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meetinginthemargins-cover       Sharing thoughts – from the profound to the profane – this, as I understand it, is the purpose of a blog. Blogs are shared with friends and interested others. Writing and posting a blog takes less time than inviting and scheduling twenty individuals for...

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FURNITURE

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furniture photo In my fifty-some years of adulthood only once before have I had to furnish a nearly-empty home, and that was when I was 19 and the apartment was so small you could roll a desk chair across it without the chair losing momentum. As a child, of course, the...

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BOXES

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The first one is filled with file folders, some notebooks, several old kitchen calendars, and a smaller box, labeled...

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A QUESTION OF CHANGE

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We seem to have a built-in resistance to change. Perhaps it’s a survival instinct of our...

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WHEN IS "BUREAUCRACY" NOT A PEJORATIVE WORD? (With gratitude to Congressman Larsen’s aides)

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  “Please, Mom, come sooner rather than later.”   It’s an email from my daughter Katheryn in England, a continent and...

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AUDUBON CLASS (with appreciation [and apologies] to my instructors)

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We’re nearing the end of a nine-month-long Audubon class, learning about all the birds that frequent Whidbey Island – and there are a LOT! Around two-hundred and fifty kinds, give or take.   Our instructors are delighted when we can tell a Song Sparrow from a Fox Sparrow.   But what delights me is to learn that the Woodpecker in...

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LITERARY SONOGRAM

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    Expectant women wail, “I just want this baby to be BORN! I want this pregnancy to...

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The Muse, the Thesaurus, and Me

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    In January I gave myself a wondrous gift: a week away to do...

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The Homeless Man Who Helped

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ON CHRISTMAS DAY I scanned an email entitled “Repaying a Homeless Man’s Kindness,” reprinted from Huffington Post and sent...

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“FRIEND, GOOD.” [quote from Dr. Frankenstein’s “monster”]

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    1538953234_59b4799eab_m_frankensteinA dinner guest the other night (this photo is not she!) said that she wished she had more friends. Our lively group around the table grabbed that word, and we were off, launched into yet another interesting conversation for the evening.   My contribution to...

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Assisted Dying, Oregon and Oklahoma

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In the October 24, 2014 issue of The Week magazine, on facing pages, two brief articles stare across...

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