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Farewell Old Year, In with the New

January 1, 2018
As I wished an as-yet unmet cousin very late last year (as in a few hours ago :), here's to good health, much love, safe harbor in all storms, and a full belly soon after hunger gnaws…

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Christmas Eve - the Carol of the Absent

We have spent a lot of time trying to learn more of Michelle's Polish Wileczek family this year, without a ton of success. Still, we persist :) It has been fascinating to learn more of southern Poland - its history…

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Maybe It's Not Quite That Bad?

December 8, 2017
Happy Friday - what little thing might we do to make someone's world a little better today? Imagine what it would be like if millions of us did?

Truthfully, millions of people DO do little - and…

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Gratitudes for this Thanksgiving Eve

November 22, 2017
Gratitudes for this Thanksgiving Eve. Maybe the most fundamental of all, to the people who brought me into the world and were my world in my childhood. Not only that my parents are alive and well, they…

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The Small Stuff

Oct. 5, 2017. Sometimes it's the small and mundane stuff. Turning a leftover chicken into delicious Moroccan stew. Grinding through some minor 5th grade math struggles. Doing a small kindness for some folks doing some great hard work. And listening…

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Numb, Again

Oct. 2, 2017. Every time it happens, I think of those kids at Newtown. The circumstances change, the body counts fluctuate, the excuses rarely do. Neither do the ghosts that visit me. Their class picture, along with their teacher and…

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"The Big Picture" (Essay)

Feeling overwhelmed? Me too.

It is breathtaking and stunning to take in all that has transpired since I finished last month's essay. Armed Nazis, Klansmen and Confederate sympathizers marching in lockstep through the streets of a city here in my…

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The Last First Day

August 24, 2017. 

And so it is done. The last first day of walking to school. I can now say with some certainty what the distance is between kindergarten and 5th grade - astonishingly short.

We began this journey 6…

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"I Have Outlived My Imaginings" (Essay)

July 25, 2017. It truly is a wonderful thing to wake up in the morning. Another day of life, never guaranteed, always expected. But in the era of social media, it is especially so on one's birthday.

It is heartening…

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"Strawberry Fields Forever" (Essay)

June 21, 2017. The connection between my electric guitar and one of my favorite fruits

Music has always been in my house. I suppose it was inevitable that I would play guitar, and probably the only reason I didn't start…

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