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Resting in Peace

A mile or so north of my house, there’s a small cemetery that occupies a plot of untended ground, surrounded by an ornate iron fence and dotted with markers that were engraved over a...

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Season of Reflection

Leaves are skittering past the window, whirling in vibrantly colored eddies as a cold front advances and our first winter storm of the season approaches. A chance of snow is predicted for tomorrow. It...

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Snake River Autumn

The sun retreats early and is slow to rise in the fall, here between the walls of the Snake River Canyon, on what is probably our last camping trip of the year. Evening arrives...

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The Place I Call Home

Two weeks ago I went to my 50th high school reunion, back to my roots in far Northern Wisconsin. Twenty-eight of us were there, looking considerably older than teenagers — yet somewhere in our...

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Totality

Our whole family, all thirteen of us, met in central Oregon for the solar eclipse, and since then, I’ve wanted to write about the experience. A week later, I still can’t find the words...

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Wheat

When I wake to the scent of baking bread drifting through the open window, I know the wheat harvest is underway. Wheat is a beautiful thing — a mercurial plant, changing its color from...

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An Hour of Beauty

I’m reading a book of essays by Kim Stafford, whose work I recently discovered and who instantly became a favorite of mine. In one piece, he relates that during her pregnancy, his grandmother was...

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Hot and Cold

I appreciate a dependable source of heat — and until more things are able to be converted to solar or wind, I will respect the warming effects that gas and oil bring. Bottom line,...

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God Bless Him

During a session in the writing workshop that I went to a few weeks ago, we talked about expressions that have become commonplace in conversation. One woman made the observation that the term “God...

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‘Tis the Season

When I looked out the window this morning, I noticed that a haze obscured the horizon.  In the distance, it looked similar to the fine misty rain that we get in the fall and...

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