Reading a detailed plan in yesterday's news about the reopening California following COVID-19 closures, one quote jumped out at me that the plan would, "not be based on hope." While I understood the meaning — that it would be based on science, and not on desire — the quote disquieted me all day and into … Continue reading My New Hope Shorts
It is good to realize that, if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. ~ Jimmy Carter, from An Outdoor Journal
From me to The Honorable Jimmy Carter: Dear Mr. Carter, Over several months during my 8th grade year, a friend and I retreated on our lunch period to a far corner of the junior high school campus (overlooking the graveyard across the street). There I would explain – in exacting detail, like a Faulknerian narrator … Continue reading Letters With Jimmy
Part I Part II "To what end" would she renounce dust? Bodie cried, "For good!" Setting course by the very source she'd misunderstood. Even supporters, in private quarters, heaved a sigh. 40 days passed. "Still abstaining?" they asked. "Yes. Why?" "Easter is over," some wailed, others hissed. Her defense: "Repent, then relent? Return to what … Continue reading Bodie’s Farewell Part III: Easter Released Her
Eleven years ago today I found myself undergoing emergency surgery. "Elective surgery," I might add, considering the surgeon gave me two choices: have the surgery and possibly die, OR don't have the surgery and possibly die. I chose: Surgery, and to Live. (More of that story here.) From that day on, I joyfully observed my, … Continue reading Survive-aversary Party!
If life gives you lemons and you repurpose them, you call it "lemonade." If live gives you a bunch of scrap metal and you repurpose it, what would you call that? (Oh really, so "art" is the right answer? Ex-cuuuuuuuuse me!) With some extra time on my hands these days (emphasis mine; working from home … Continue reading Roadside Art: Recycle-ade?