Tag: Talismans

Writing in the margins

It was the university years that set me on the path of writing in the margins of books and highlighting passages. At the time, it was a matter of expediency. Taking notes would have required hours of writing. Instead, I…


Just in time

Akbash pup

[This is from the May 14, 2010, blog of Steve Goodier, Life Support System. It’s a wonderful blog, and Steve is a master at finding stories that inspire. You can subscribe to Life Support System to receive a regular dose…


Facing our lions

Red Lion cover art

When the call came, I didn’t hesitate to jump in the car and drive down Interstate I-5, from Seattle, Washington, to Napa, California. My brother was in hospital once again. Something in his voice told me he needed me to…




Marilyn Raymond is one of my favorite writers, always eloquent, perceptive, thoughtful. When she shared this poem with me, I asked her permission to publish it here. I get a catch in my throat every time I read it. Marilyn…


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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