Monthly Archives: January 2012

My mother-in-law’s slides

She looks like Marilyn Monroe, posing in front of the Eiffel Tower in the early 50s. Other images show her in front of a backdrop of mountain peaks or capture the military base on which she worked. On a recent Christmas trip, … Continue reading

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Legacy

NPR ran a story recently on a group of Los Angeles plastic thieves that began with this movie dialog and ended with an instrumental version of the soundtrack: I just want to say one word to you – just one … Continue reading

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Old dog, no tricks

Last Saturday Dr. Powell declared our old dog a healthy senior, despite decreased vision, near deafness and a pronounced limp. Our nearly fifteen-year-old shepherd-husky mix, Shelby, came to us thirteen years ago after a motorist picked her up at the … Continue reading

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It’s thank you note season again.

I have been shamed. I received a Christmas gift from an old friend in another state. V has the most amazing sense of what would make me happy and what would make me laugh. Last year she sent me a … Continue reading

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jury duty

I have arrived early, as usual. The lights are still off as I take a seat towards the back on the aisle, where I can catch just enough light from the hall to read the novel I’ve brought with me. … Continue reading

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Triple Digits

Officials from the nonprofit Trees for Houston estimate that 66 million trees will be lost in the city within two years due to the year-long drought. That’s 10% of the tree canopy. Others say this may be an underestimation. When … Continue reading

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Delayed

In the last week of 2011, I spent a lot of time waiting. Waiting for flights. Waiting for coffee. Waiting for elderly parents. It got me thinking about what it means to wait. My choices, as I saw them last … Continue reading

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