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Christmas Seals

I attended Catholic elementary school and when I was in first or second grade, I remember that everybody in our class was given little books of Christmas seals to sell.  I’m pretty sure I...

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Prosopagnosia

A couple of years ago, I saw Temple Grandin speak.  She’s known for having had a respected career as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University while at the same time, being...

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They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Any More

A couple of weeks ago, the woman I call my “growing up neighbor” died at the age of 110. Irene was a strong, resilient woman with a substantial French Canadian heritage, originally hailing from...

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Division

Division is on my mind today. Not the long division that I struggled to learn in the fourth grade — a different kind of division, one that’s happening between the people in this country....

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Nice To Meet You!

When I was out walking yesterday, I noticed a man up the road working in his yard.  I’d been told that he is one of the many Russian immigrants who have settled in the...

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Summer of Smoke

I live in the Inland Northwest, in the high desert of Eastern Washington where the Selkirk Mountains — a chain technically geologically older and separate — join the Rockies, though where one begins and...

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News Fatigue

I’m tired of politics, sick of every issue being charged with political tension, maxed out on current affairs.  I’m scared to death for the environment, terrified that the high temperatures, fires, smoke-filled skies and...

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Days of Remembrance

A couple of days ago, I went to a memorial service.  It was what I consider to be a fairly traditional affair, held in a Presbyterian church and centered around the departed woman meeting...

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The Art of Sitting in the Shade

Yesterday I sat outside for a long time. Summers here are hot and dry, with temperatures lingering in the mid nineties and the humidity struggling to rise from single digits. Mountains and hillsides that...

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