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Running the Ragged Edge

Scripture says it, coaches say it, and a lot of pop psychology makes comments about it. We are in a race. Sometimes the reward or goal is tangible, other times it is about values and what we hold as important…

Leaving

The leaves fell early that year — Not because they wanted to, but because they had to — Like your departure – you had to –   You were leaving that whole spring and summer. Your smile always strained, became…

Party

The party started late this year. It was too cold to enjoy much. The ice for the drinks was already here.   Purple Martins came early, but missed the hors d’oeuvres and couldn’t settle on a place to sit. Instead…

Power

Several days ago, I caught MPR in between drives to Home Depot and Ace Hardware.  It does not take much listening to hear of numerous examples of power and its application. These uses are obvious on a national and international basis. What I…

Companion

My companion in the room reads books and watches soap operas. Surrounded by his cheap novels, he glances at me over his Walgreen’s reading glasses. He has no need of biography.   I find the “cheaters” here and there, in…

Cold

This a winter leftover.   Cold the night. The slivered crescent moon rises, ascendant energies in a light-framed sky. Warm tea eases the restless wanderer back to slumber.   Between dawn and somber night, crystals climb from the frozen lake,…

Spring

e.e. cummings once wrote about spring as a “mudlucious” time.   Other comments about spring portray it as a time when young men’s fancies turn in an amorous direction; an increase in preening behavior in all species is noted.  While this…

Travel

We each inhabit a zone where we find comfort. Routine, the same clothes or their cousins, familiar food and drink, give a sense of continuity and consistency. If everything was new every day, exhaustion and anxiety would be a daily…

Moment of Truth

Fragments. Fibers of time bind each moment. Strands tied end to end, girdle and embrace fleeing days as they abscond.   They flash past the window, caught naked in a glimpse from the eye’s corner.   Or adorned by the…

Barbecueing

The snow is quietly slipping away.  It is kind of like a guest who has overstayed.  We enjoyed the novelty of the first captivating conversations covering the unraked leaves, but as the season progressed, the humor of the frosty visitor…