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“Thinking for Berky” by William Stafford

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, so for my first post of my favorite season, I’m diving in with a great splash of a poem. “Thinking for Berky” by William Stafford In the late night listening from bed I have joined the … Continue reading

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Dead Friends I Never Met

Don’t we all have dead friends we never met? I do. People I love and feel connected to, who died before my time, but who walk with me and support me, whose work or lives give me guidance and comfort. Here … Continue reading

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The Only Bad Thing About the Public Library

I love public libraries. I love that they’re free. I love the employees at my library—they’re all funny, helpful, intellectual, and open-minded. I love the books. I love taking the books back to the library when I’m done with them, because … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Passage from American Literature

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading Les Miserables for my book club, but also the great Pulitzer Prize novel from 1961, The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor. The narrator of this lovely book is an Irish American priest, … Continue reading

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Poem for a Long Day

9/6/12 – It’s been a long day of phone calls, customer problems, driving a company minivan in thick traffic, office gossip, a sore lower back, chocolate, rain, coming home to my kitties, then eating fresh sweet corn from the neighbor down the … Continue reading

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A Reminder at Bedtime

From Ralph Waldo Emerson: Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin … Continue reading

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Geraldine Brooks On My Mind, or, a Note About Islands

I am approaching the end of an unforgettable book, “Caleb’s Crossing,” by the great Geraldine Brooks. I don’t want it to end. What a story, what an imagination, what a vocabulary, what a writer! I have about 15 pages left … Continue reading

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