November 2013

Nervous cows?

November 24, 2013

I just heard a news reader say ranchers are complaining because endangered and protected gray wolves “make livestock nervous.” The ranchers want to cull (shoot) the gray wolves to make them less of a threat. Nervous livestock? Watch out! The big bad wolf is coming to eat you up. There are now five thousand gray wolves in […]

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Utter relief

November 22, 2013

I collapsed into the sofa, falling back with my arms and legs splayed out, letting myself sink deeply into the thick softness. Thank God I was able to outrun them, I thought to myself as I slipped the big gold ring onto the middle finger of my right hand. Even at my age, I could […]

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The driver’s seat

November 21, 2013

I am in the driver’s seat of my own life and I often wonder where I am going. I wish there was a Google maps of life and I could enter certain coordinates, hit the search button and there it would be, all laid out in front of me. I would know exactly where to […]

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The other room

November 21, 2013

I was in the other room I could hear you snore The weakling sun raised up its rays And shone them on the floor You turned and snorted loudly You scared yourself awake So I lay down beside you As the dawn began to break We lay there talking softly Your sleepy voice all rough […]

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Prove it

November 13, 2013

There are certain truths that are hard to prove but they are true nonetheless. The first truth that comes to mind is this: sibling rivalry is real and children want to kill their siblings. In particular, first-born children want to kill the next one that comes along. This is not even unusual. It is ordinary. […]

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Trauma

November 11, 2013

I am increasingly troubled by the discourse on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I just heard a segment on NPR about returned veterans going to therapy to be treated for their symptoms. I heard one veteran break down as he described a woman and her baby killed in the performance of his duty and then having […]

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The locker zone

November 10, 2013

The locker room at the gym in the mornings is a sight to behold: masses of young women washing, drying and preening their lithe bodies. Largely monochromatic or, at least, shades of white and skin color punctuated by different shades of hair color, the environment in the locker room is often too warm, too perfumed, […]

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In summary

November 7, 2013

In summary, let me thank you all for coming here today for the unveiling of the portrait of our headmistress, Alison Carter. I know it was not easy to get here in this weather, one of the worst sudden downpours we’ve seen in a long time. Some of you got drenched and some of you, […]

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Under control

November 6, 2013

“Don’t worry. It’s all under control,” she said. “Wow, you really believe that, don’t you?” he replied. “Well, yeah, I do. That’s because it is.” “No, it isn’t,” he said, “What about the bees?” “Well, frankly, you can’t really control bees at the best of times. We’ll just have to wait until they settle down […]

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The cherry tree

November 5, 2013

The cherry tree cried blossom tears In the days when things were soft They floated onto our rosy cheeks When we turned our faces aloft They landed right beneath our eyes They played the role of tears Our own tears fell in silent waves On blinded, deafened ears The grass was spongy, kind to our […]

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