Author Archives: janishaag

About janishaag

Writer, writing teacher, editor

Big red box

I don’t know. Maybe it’s because my partner, a 40-year photojournalist, recently chronicled the decommissioning of The Sacramento Bee building, and I provided some words to go with those photos (which you can see in the September issue of Sacramento … Continue reading

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Sept. 11

for Clifford, 20 years after Sitting in front of the TV, horrified, mesmerized,thinking, I’m glad you’re not here to see this,because, awful as it was, I was still wound up,sometimes in a ball on the bed, after your unexpecteddeath six … Continue reading

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The Best Cheese(cake) Pie in All the Land

In June, newly retired from teaching, I decided to tackle the art of cheesecake and began practicing in earnest so I’d be ready to whip up what ended up to be three cheesecakes for my mother’s 90th birthday celebration in … Continue reading

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Letterpress

Old wood type holds the patina of years of fingers caressing it, tossing it, placing it on metal trays or handheld composing sticks, and, once arranged, transferring it to the bed of a vintage printing press. I like to think … Continue reading

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Optimal manifestations

You may feel optimistic today as you think about all the possibilities awaiting you. Your upbeat mood could inspire you to manifest the life you desire. It may be helpful for you to visualize your life as you would like … Continue reading

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As one does

for Georgann TurnerMarch 1, 1951–August 17, 2021 The day you died, I came across a naked man on my evening walk. This is not the punchline to a bad joke, but it is something that would have made you laugh. … Continue reading

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At the bookstore

for Georgann (Taylor) TurnerMarch 1, 1951–August 17, 2021 “Dinner and books,” you dubbed our best friend dates,and while the restaurant might change, it had to besomewhere in the vicinity of the bookstore—you picking me up in the mini van that … Continue reading

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Cheesecake

Because she requested it for her 90th birthday party at the end of this week, and because she completes nine decades on the planet today (happy birthday, Ma!), I am practicing cheesecake. My sister asked our mother what kind of … Continue reading

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Zesting

(for Georgann) Cheesecake is easy, you say. Everyone says that, I chuckle, but not if you’re as cooking impaired as I am. You make good brownies, you point out—you, who when you feel up to it, rise and head for … Continue reading

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Sinking in

You have traveled too fast over false ground;Now your soul has come, to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open upTo all the small miracles you rushed through. Become inclined to watch the way of rainWhen it falls … Continue reading

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