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About janishaag

Writer, writing teacher, editor

Gracias, Dr. Favaloro

We were pleased to see a Google doodle tribute today to Dr. René Favaloro, highly regarded for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass surgery using the great saphenous vein… one of the large veins in the leg. He was … Continue reading

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Free & clear

This time I go first, hand my boarding pass to the young man at the gate, who scans it—beep!— & says, “Have a good flight.” I turn to watch you— in photo vest identical to the one cut off you … Continue reading

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Happy Annie-versary 3!

Three years ago my friend Nikki Cardoza adopted her daughter Annie in Changsha, China. I got to be a part of that once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel with Nikki and help bring Annie home. It was a tremendous journey of love that took … Continue reading

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Departures and arrivals

I am pleased to say that a story I wrote about Dick’s heart adventure has been published in the June issue of Sacramento Magazine. You can read “Departures and Arrivals” here. It’s an odd enough sensation to be sitting in a … Continue reading

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Stopped II

I’m pleased that this poem I wrote about Dick has found a home in an online literary journal I’ve long admired—but you have to be 60 or older to submit. I am, and I did. And they accepted it! Click … Continue reading

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Hello, Faddah

Dear Dad, our father, Roger, who art in heaven: The little girls in this photo couldn’t understand why you moved them far from a town called Orange to a lake called Folsom, pulling them away from sidewalks begging for roller … Continue reading

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Swimming with ducks

Under a half slice of lemon moon on a still-warm summer night, I slip quietly into the water next to the ladder—not walking down the steps as usual. I often have the pool to myself in the sultry dark, but … Continue reading

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Hawaii Jan rocks

Hawaii Jan migrated to California last week for some family milestones (graduations and the like) with her folks in El Dorado Hills. We hadn’t seen her since our unplanned stay on her island of Oahu in January. Among her many … Continue reading

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Us

Us. Because life is good… especially at the seashore where we celebrated (quite belatedly) Dick’s 76th birthday, which was in February. After I had to return to Sacramento Feb. 1, Dick celebrated (gently, quietly) as he recovered in a rented … Continue reading

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This is not an obituary

This is what I wrote for the final print edition of my students’ newspaper, which landed on newsstands May 9 at Sacramento City College. So proud of the editors and staffers who worked very hard to make the final 24 … Continue reading

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