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Drying out

After so much rain,historic, biblical, stupidamounts of rain,we are drying out. And, as the first month of the yearcan sometimes do here,hints of spring tease us withunseasonably warm days,which we happily accept,after so much cold and wet. But already we … Continue reading

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Science Word of the Day

pandiculation (noun): the act of stretching oneself, especially on waking. Example: “After a long session of pandiculation, the bleary-eyed panda rose and set off in search of breakfast.“ —I do the stretch, you do the stretch,the cats stretch in downward … Continue reading

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Green tea, cold, in winter

Waiting to meet a new friendat the big-chain coffee placeoff the freeway—convenientfor many people,for many reasons— I order what you used to:iced green tea, no sweetener,no ice. Medium. Or whateverthey call it. The young barista punchesit into the register, readsmy … Continue reading

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Poemwalk

When people ask,Where do the poems come from?orHow do you write a poem every day? I say,First, I have no idea,and second,If I knew, I think they might notshow up. But if I lace up my shoes,head out onto the … Continue reading

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Jan. 24: National Compliment Day

I really love what you’ve done with your hair.Really. That’s such a nice color on your—is it mauve?Lavender? Doesn’t matter; it’s lovely. What a great smile your dog has. And yours matches!I feel smarter/cooler/wiser/enlightened after reading one of your poems.That’s … Continue reading

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Where you open

We sigh when someone directs us:Don’t think. Then thinking is all we can do.Still. Don’t think. Or try not to. Just open, preferably under a sparklingblue sky washed clean after so much rain,as so many trees have loosened their roots … Continue reading

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Saint Marianne

(on the anniversary of her birth, Jan. 23, 1838) Let us make best use of the fleeting moments.They will not return.—Saint Marianne Cope, mother of outcasts, Kalaupapa, Moloka’i In the old photos she looks so tiny,the Franciscan nun with such … Continue reading

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Lift

Do we not want her calm strength,her steely-eyed confidence?Do we not envy her bold gazethat observes everything andremains unruffled? Look at you, standing tall,perfectly balanced, no matterwhere you set down, regardlessof where your feet land. Slowly turn your head,surveying the … Continue reading

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For my brother-in-law who today is, astonishingly, 65

still and always so good-looking(as is his wife, my baby sister),so talented, an excellent fatherand husband, a man who deserves,after a long career as a high schoolart teacher, to retire this year,which he will (and my sister,the amazing physical therapist, … Continue reading

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Jan. 20: Winter rest

In winter when we cannot find waterwarm enough in which to swim,we become salmon, welcoming the cold, entering a state of torpor, as manyanimals do, slowing metabolism,schooling together in deep water pockets a few degrees warmerthan the surface, eating less,though … Continue reading

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