Author Archives: janishaag

About janishaag

Writer, writing teacher, editor

Mixed feelings on Black Friday

(not for the squeamish) An hour before leaving for my family’sThanksgiving gathering at my sisterand brother-in-law’s house, I heardDiego’s hunting trill and wentto investigate. Sure enough, the bigdumb orange boy cat had the big ratcornered behind two boxes I’dmoved to … Continue reading

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Nov. 24: Gratefully, joyfully, abundantly

thankful I am—moreso every yearI live on the planet—that I can rise on a pearly day of gratitude to walkwith thousands, whose every step benefits those who hunger, fromthose of us who generally do not, who will turn to tables … Continue reading

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Nov. 23: Sue’s 65th b.d.

To me, fair friend, you can never be old,For as you were as first your eye I eyed…—from Sonnet 104, William Shakespeare Because your eyes are the same as those ofthe 8-year-old next door, whose neighborhoodnext to a lake, amid … Continue reading

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Nov. 22: Schlepping

Did I learn the word from Marty Weisinger,my father’s Army buddy who traveled 400 miles ages ago to introduce my sister and me to the onlyJewish deli in Sacramento, to experience giant kosher pickles and pastrami for the first time?Or … Continue reading

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Scooter

for Kevin and Lauren My sister and I had an antiqueinherited from who knows where—a heavy metal, fat rubber-tiredmodel that our father refurbished,a slowpoke model that made itharder for me, the klutzy one,to fall off, but a form of transportthat … Continue reading

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Soup’s on

the brand new stove—first thing I’ve cooked on it—the gas burner igniting, all systemsgo, like the rocket called Artemis,this week heading for the moon, she the goddess of the hunt,of wild animals, of vegetationlike the peas I add to the … Continue reading

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Nov. 19: Garret

As a kid, reading about writersstarving in a garret, I never thoughtI’d have one—not starving…I could not write without snacksat hand—hummus and veggies,peanut butter cups, sunflowercookies—but a garret. Now here I am with three otherswriting up a storm on a … Continue reading

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Nov. 17: Releasing

As in leasing again? As in letting go?All of that as I pull clothes out of drawers,off hangers, wearables I should have donatedyears ago when they were semi-fashionable,when someone might have happily picked upthe midi dress that now looks so … Continue reading

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Nov. 16: New range

I suppose I should thank the dirty ratswho decided to nest behind the fancyrange that came to live with me 18 yearsago when I had the kitchen remodeled, and I definitely need to thank Leamanthe handyman, who has pulled out … Continue reading

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Nov. 15: I Love to Write Day

If I’d’a known you couldjust create a new holidayaround loving to write,I’d have done so when I was about 10, sitting inthe old leaning tower of oakin my parents’ backyard,nestled in the crook of the main trunk and twoslender horizontal … Continue reading

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