On Mom, mushrooms, and times of scarcity and abundance

I’m standing in my kitchen wiping down button mushrooms. In my head, I wonder how I can make them last longer. The news of food shortages here in America, the land of plenty, is why I’m now thinking of ways to make fresh vegetables and fruit last longer and to stretch meals. Meat packing plants …

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People you may meet on a train to Edinburgh

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem With a low electric hum, the train moved over the tracks leading from Glasgow’s Central Station. Across the aisle, two women took seats by the window. One, a mature, petite woman, a silk …

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Going Home: Notes from the Road Well-traveled

A gray mist hung over the hotel when I left Salem in the Roanoke, Virginia valley that early fall morning.   I was on my way to TN to spend a week camping with my sister and her husband at one of their favorite retreats, Center Hill Lake.  As light rain drizzled onto my windshield, drivers …

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Part 2 of 2: Living the Lie: Role and Fantasy in Real Life

Living a lie takes a toll.  What is held in while awake nevertheless comes out via the unconscious. Whenever I'm not true to myself I'm often visited by some pretty weird nocturnal messengers –dreams where blood, piss and shit feature prominently.  They're the smoke signals that in years past left me bewildered and uneasy in the morning. …

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Part 1 of 2: Living the Lie: Role and fantasy in real life.

What is the cost of the inauthentic life?  Do we limit ourselves if all we ever are is a role? Recently I saw the movie Gone Girl.  In the opening and closing scenes of the movie  a blond head rests on a chest, looks up and you hear a male voice asking: "What are you …

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