Tag: friendship

Saying goodbye to Al

We all say goodbye in our own way. Al died too soon. He was born in 1942. If cancer had not quietly eaten away at him, then burst into full and frightening control, he would have been checking his calendar…

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Love and acceptance

We had a cat, my mother, brother and I. She was one of many animals who paraded through my childhood. This one was special, a pure-bred Siamese. I have no memory of how we acquired such a beauty. We would…

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A woman, not a label

Growing up in Twin Falls, Idaho, I had no words for people who loved differently from the model we considered “normal”. Not that all the families around us led Leave-It-to-Beaver lives. My own nuclear family consisted of a single mother,…

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Chosen family

Trekkers

At 57 I found myself on my own, trying to rebuild my shattered finances. I spent a lot of time envisioning a lonely old age, probably holed up in a shabby room somewhere. No one to play with. No one…

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Not in our school

A Gunn High School teacher got wind of Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to picket Bay Area schools. The “church” is the virulent anti-gay movement headquartered in Kansas and headed by extremist Fred Phelps. Their Web site is so hate filled…

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Celebrating gutsiness

There are so many amazing people in my life. Tatjana Bates is one of them. She’s one of those rare natural leaders. She visited here recently, and I got to thinking how plucky she is and how much she has…

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Thank You

Robin and David Jarman

Sterling Haynes isn’t just one of my favorite writers. (See Narrative for Dummies and Momma Does Milk.) He also inspires other people to write. Donna Powell is one of them. She was in a poetry group he led. He asked…

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Outrageous Courage

Vagina Monologues poster

In 2003 I let myself be talked into directing the second year’s production of The Vagina Monologues in a rural town in central British Columbia. I didn’t really think such an edgy play would work there, even though it had…

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Amazing Grace and Me

When my partner and I packed for an eight-month trip, we laid out everything we thought we would need for four seasons, formal occasions, casual outings, long walks, and just plain hanging out. My share would not fit in the…

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