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celebration lessons

“Life is too varied,” I told Ming as he drove us home, past a gas station and casinos for locals.  “So easy sometimes, and so hard.  It’s confusing!  Like–will the real life please stand up?  I don’t believe they can be the same thing.” blood draw I had a fasting blood draw in the morning.  […]

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memento mori

This ATC is for a Halloween swap-bot assignment.  I’m really grateful I signed up for it.  Never knew I could do like this.  It’s blue, says memento mori, and depicts a bird skeleton. truth I have a new favorite Dorothy Day quote.  She co-started the Catholic Worker movement in 1933.  I live in community at […]

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more I’m grateful for: the whole package

I’m going to get to more I’m grateful for.  But first some anguish. delivery issues Some delivery people can’t handle delivering packages to our house.  They assume a dog is in our yard, so they won’t open the gate.  To the contrary–loose dogs roam our neighborhood, and the fence is to keep dogs out, not […]

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favorite language

favorite language I have this SQL dress.  The crisscrossed lines on it are SQL.  It’s fun to explain what SQL is to people who don’t know what it is. It’s also fun to read the google suggested questions and revel in their beautiful English Language Learner style. ELL is my favorite language.  SQL, not so […]

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here in California

When I graduated from college, a former teacher from high school gave me an album by Kate Wolf as a gift, and I had never heard it. He was apologetic, hoping it was not too country for me. This song “Here In California” always has stood out to me as beautifully true about love, but […]

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what life is

rice facts “Yeah, there’s more rice.  A crescent of rice.  You can help yourself.  Or I can get it for you.” He walked to the kitchen to get some rice.  “It’s funny–no one talks about that.  How if you make some rice, and there’s a layer at the bottom of the pot.  So you take […]

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death by mountain lion

Sometimes a thing you’re scared of can be a thing you want, or vice versa.  They can turn into each other. I was afraid of death by mountain lion for so long.  First in Orange County during grad school, more than twenty years ago, at a huge park with copious mountain lion warning signs. Then […]

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plant pranks

“Let’s jump over this huge river,” I said to Ming.  It was a tiny creek at this property we’re staying at, in Arizona.  “Needs some mint, planted on the bank.  That’s what I would do–plant mint, here.  That’s the kind of prank I like.” I decided–I’m not a prankster.  But if I was going to […]

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guest blogger gets happier

Things in the life of Guest Blogger. We are relieved the Sacred Peace Walk code GREEN 2020 event was successful. Four resgistered walkers, this COVID season. The walk Youtubed and Instagrammed. Broadcast as it has never been done before. I am happy. We then had a Nevada Desert Experience Council meeting that spawned seven more […]

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my hero

My sweetie took me to Boulder City, which I always want to go to.  They have the Hoover Dam there.  We went originally for the Dam Short Film Festival. You know I don’t like movies.  But it was a sweet community outing.  I sat outside while they watched the movies.  I sat on a bench […]