Sitting by the dock of the bay
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Sitting by the dock of the bay

I arose early, seeking to experience the dock in the solitude of a Sunday morning. Later, there would be boats moored to each side, and fisherman throwing out a line, and honeymooning couples strolling arm-in-arm along its length. But for now it was quiet, content, satisfied in just being. Sometimes we feel like a dock,…

Remaining Invisible
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Remaining Invisible

What a marvelous tiny house this was, hidden in the forest ferns! In my mind’s eye I miniaturized it like Alice in Wonderland, making it just the size for forest gnomes hiding among the rocks. I tried to spot them, patiently waiting for me to leave so they could go on about their daily business…

FIRE IN BROKEN WATER — Now FREE on Amazon Kindle!

FIRE IN BROKEN WATER — Now FREE on Amazon Kindle!

FIRE IN BROKEN WATER is the 3rd book in the Pegasus Quincy mystery series. I wrote the book to explore the water wars that are still ongoing in Arizona. But it’s a mystery, too! Including a prize Friesian stallion, a child’s sled that may be a key to a deadly arson fire, and a clan…

Nourishment and destruction
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Nourishment and destruction

It was low tide on a sunny day, and we ventured far out on the rocks, searching the life left by the waves. Hidden in the cracks, just visible here, we found thousands of tiny white mussels, fed by the surging waves that were channeled into the crevices between the granite boulders. How did these…

Book Review: 100 years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager
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Book Review: 100 years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager

100 Years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of your Life by Joshua Prager My rating: 5 of 5 stars Imagine if you could ask the most famous authors in the world their views on your age today. What would they say? Better yet, what advice could they give you as you enter your…

My life in a moment
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My life in a moment

Water has endlessly fascinating, shape-shifting qualities. This pond became the epitome of summer as it reflected the lush green of the lily pads and trees in a smooth, mirrored surface. I longed to wade in, to splash up to my chest, to feel the coolness between my shoulder blades–especially as this view came after a…

The cosmos in a feathered shadow
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The cosmos in a feathered shadow

My father always grew cosmos in his summer garden. He would proudly┬ábring a bouquet into the house and my mother would display them on our kitchen table in the same small glass vase each summer evening. Although both my parents are gone, I still have the vase. And each summer I grow the cosmos of…

Dancing in the sunlight
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Dancing in the sunlight

Desert wildflowers are an exercise in impossibility and stubbornness. They chose where they will grow, often in a mere handful of dirt deposited among the rocks by the spring rains. And yet attempt to plant and grow these red penstemons, or beardtongues, in your own garden and they often will refuse to sprout, year after…

Where I need to be
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Where I need to be

There is a quiet spot, just up Oak Creek from the more famous Red Rock Crossing, which has the informal name of Buddha Beach. Sedona is a spiritual community, filled with vortexes and medicine wheels. And hoodoos of rocks arranged in balance points. This was one. The morning was still with no one else around…

What stoves and gargoyles have in common
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What stoves and gargoyles have in common

What delights me about this old stove, in addition to the antique vacuum beside it, are the curves and swirls and decorations on the metal panels. After all these years, long after the designer of the appliance has passed away, these remain. They remind me of the gargoyles placed high upon the cathedral roofs in…