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Tenacity

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In Yellowstone, we stopped for lunch by the roadside using the provided wood picnic tables. This plant was our companion. Life takes root anywhere.

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Car Talk – But Not the NPR Show

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The other day Claire and I were headed to Popeye’s for supper. The car started, but it wouldn’t shift into gear. Hub was able to override a safety mechanism to force it into gear and drove it to our local Honda dealer. They thought it was a switch failure, and since the car is warrantied, […]

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Ubiquity

Friday, July 10th, 2015

“One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world – your little carved-out sphere – is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you’re an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The […]

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At Home

Friday, July 10th, 2015

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! –John Muir

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Enlightenment Through a Cat

Friday, May 1st, 2015

God has come into my life. Now, don’t click away. Don’t let that word shut you down. I might not mean what you think I mean. It’s not a word I’ve used in my life for years. Stay with me while I meander through my story. This is Smokey. He’s been around a long time. […]

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Checking In

Friday, April 17th, 2015

When I feel at loose ends, sometimes I pull this series of questions out and check in. Outside my window the street sounds fade. Cool air settles on the grass and patio, bringing a gentleness with it. Distant yips and howls tell me the coyotes are roaming. I am thinking about what I just heard […]

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Math Before Coffee

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Math is a language. You can learn bit by bit, or you can learn by immersion. I suspect the former is a more successful process. However, this morning my brother tweeted about “fun with math” and linked to a video about the “everything” number. It’s about Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula.Link here. Thus began my introduction to […]

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For the Love of Math

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

As a child, I loathed math. From the very earliest — first grade — it confounded and intimidated me. I felt stupid. My father, being an elementary teacher, sought to bolster my learning by doing flashcards for addition and subtraction. In order to perform and please him, and my teacher, I memorized the cards. I […]

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Sestina

Monday, January 12th, 2015

For Swap-bot, I joined a project that required writing a sestina. According to the Academy of American Poets: “The sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though […]

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Be Kind

Monday, January 12th, 2015

It bears repeating. Here’s the link if the video doesn’t work.

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