STARS August 9, 2020 Tonight I stepped outside into the dark night to gaze up at the stars. They shine brightly here in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, and I often sneak outside to gaze at the night sky once I am sure that Steve is soundly asleep because I don’t want toContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #140”
MAX August 3, 2020 I had a nice long phone conversation with my book editor Max yesterday. We visited about how our lives had changed due to the COVID 19 and commiserated a bit about how we miss just being around our friends and family. We miss “hanging out” with others. I told him thatContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #134”
HOPE July 20, 2020 The days are getting hard, difficult, dark, heavy. Every day starts the same way: coffee, muffin, read the newspaper (yes, we still receive an actual daily paper because we have always had a newspaper every morning and, anyway, I enjoy reading the comics from a page instead of a computer screen). Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #122”
PRAYER AND THE POLLS It was June 16, 2015 and we were still living in Des Moines. I was in bed watching the evening news when I watched Donald Trump triumphantly ride down an escalator in Trump Tower waving to his fans. I had never liked this man. At all. I had accidentally watched snippetsContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #115”
REAL FRIENDS July 4, 2020 This is very difficult to write about. In fact, I quit writing for over two weeks because I began to doubt my ability to coherently create anything worth reading and I questioned whether I was capable of making any positive difference in the world. I was worried that I mightContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #107”
TWO GOOD HANDS June 20, 2020 When I first read the post on Malcolm’s Facebook page I was alarmed. “Just got back from hospital. Surgery in my future. All is well. Will reconnect later”. Apparently, he was walking to town in Pordenone, Italy, and “something tore in my knee. Couldn’t walk on it at all”. Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #94”
I was about four years old when we went to visit the Markel family in Portland. Mr. Markel had been the grade school principal in Mapleton and was my father’s friend. My parents left my brother and me at their home for the day one summer. I didn’t know the Markel family at all butContinue reading “A CLOSE CALL”
THE A & W June 13, 2020 We were hungry and it had been a long day, a good day. We had driven to Florence so that I could leave some of my newly authored books with Ellen, old friend, to sell at her gift shop (“The Chicken Coop”) in the Old Town part ofContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #87”
WEAR YOUR MASKS! June 11, 2020 So today was our first trip of any significance. We drove 2 1/2 hours to Florence to leave some of my (recently authored) books with a friend to sell at her gift shop, and to see some much-loved cousins. Until today we have been pretty much staying at home.Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #86”
June 7, 2020 I am in a quandary. I have been watching late night shows, reading my news apps (NPR, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, the Daily Beast,) watching PBS nightly news and documentaries, and reading commentaries and essays over the past week, all focusing on the murder of Floyd George and the protests demanding racialContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #82”
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