Category Archives: the world around me

In that In-Between Space

As the morning dawned, the dewy grass lifted the air into view. Warm meets cold, the nights of fall arising to the mornings of Indian summer. Today proves to be a bit warmer, and tomorrow too. Just in time for … Continue reading »

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The Magic of Downton Abbey

I’ve never been one to be so devoted to a TV show that I must drop everything and watch. In fact, I missed all the fervor on Facebook and elsewhere during the first four seasons of Downton Abbey. But I … Continue reading »

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Move On

Life is short. Too short for being petty. Too short for holding onto grudges and ill will. Too short to worry about tomorrow. So that person you hate? Turn it around. Look at them through a different lens. Are they … Continue reading »

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The Story of the Place

When we moved into this house, a dear friend gave us as a housewarming gift a book about the history of Huntington Woods. It was amazing to see the dirt roads and old farmhouses that began our little enclave. Our … Continue reading »

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The Power of the Word: Writers Workshop

You mean to say what you mean to say. But somehow, it doesn’t come out the way you intended. Miscommunication swirls all around us – in text messages, in tone of voice, in email, in the spoken word. And mostly, … Continue reading »

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Capturing the Stories of our Lives

Have you interviewed your grandparents? Parents? Aunts and uncles? Cousins three times removed? Childhood best friends? The mayor of your hometown? Not that you need to spend your time sitting with all these people, but consider that you might have … Continue reading »

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Searching for Good News

Robin Williams died at his own hand. Friends lost every treasured memory and keepsake in devastating floods. Iraqis are starving and dying on a mountaintop after being hunted by guerrillas. Syria’s civil war battles on, everyone turning on each other … Continue reading »

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After the Flood, a View from Huntington Woods

Baby cradles. Rocking chairs. Plastic totes and crates and boxes of damaged photos. Memories and mementos, books and bookshelves. Couches, chairs, tables. All turned into garbage. All wrested away before anyone wanted to get rid of them. It’s heart-breaking to … Continue reading »

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The Truth About Peace in the Middle East

A politico on the radio this morning attempted to explain the real reason behind the lack of peace in the Middle East. I had to shut it off because it’s pretty hard to pontificate from an ivory bubble and actually get … Continue reading »

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Perfect Quiet: Mackinac Island

On an island with nothing motorized absolute quiet and the sound of waves crashing against land at every turn. I take a bike around the 8-mile perimeter and keep stopping to marvel at this natural beauty. How did I get … Continue reading »

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