How I’m Staying Sane Right Now

I've seen some bits and pieces about how to manage these tempestuous times but I figure some concrete examples of how I manage my life nowadays might add something to the discussion. I have been extremely immersed in what's happening politically right now. I found out that Trump had won the election in the middle of the night when the nurse woke me up for fresh antibiotics while I was…

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The Memories Are Driving Me

One thing that folks don't realize how memories drive us and how those form the basis for our present thinking. When we react, we react based on what we have seen before. We know where we came from and where we are today. These are what come to mind as we weather this administration. I remember civil rights riots and beatings, I remember Nixon and those terrible years of the Vietnam…

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The Enemy is…

Did you hear it? Did you hear what I heard yesterday? Women. On the march. Finally. It’s about time but it is not just about Trump. I have spent my entire life trying to push the boundaries for women starting in 1962. We were not allowed to wear pants to school. I and Delores Robinson (wherever she may be today) wore pants to school. No one spoke to us the…

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Kinhin

(Walking Meditation from Japanese Buddhism) As I climb out of my car, a fetid wave of dog poop flows over me: I have parked next to the trash cans at the trailhead. I thank heavens for responsible pet owners who trash the poop but I walk quickly to pass by that bit of nature after I start my iPhone app to record my walk statistics. Just a few steps brings…

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Jail

Much of my poetry is also visual which simply doesn't translate to a website blog. So this one from 1969 written in the Agnes Scott dorms is an image only.

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Back to Writing

Not that I ever stopped. In fact, I've spent the last two years immersed in a large project which resulted in a genealogy-based book. That really got me ready to do more writing. I've missed the short essays and bits and pieces I used to indulge in. So I've started an autobiography which may just wait for years to be read and a fiction book based on one of the…

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Health Insurance, Medicare & Self-Employment, Oh My!

When I awoke at 5 am this morning, I found myself unable to go back to sleep. When I got up, I realized I was on the verge of crying. It took a while before I realized why.  Today is the day I pay full price for my most expensive medication. The path to my state of no health insurance is a bit bizarre but does highlight some of what's…

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