Category Archives: learning from others

It is the Now

Times are dark and uncertain, and how things are going to end isn’t a given. Maybe it doesn’t even matter. It’s the love we share in the now that is everything that matters. Love makes and remakes us. And I believe … Continue reading

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Beyond the Point of No Returns

There’s no two ways about it.  Writing is an insane activity.  Both when it’s working—and one walks along city streets in earnest, deep conversation with oneself, periodically stopping still to jot down notes—and when it’s not working (which involves more … Continue reading

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Mapping History, a modern quest

I suppose my dad was doing it to educate us, and not simply to stave away boredom with bouts of torture.  Back then I thought it was more like the latter, or that he had some sort of tic, and … Continue reading

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I’m just sayin’….

I remember when my good buddy and former Peace Corps sitemate asked me if I knew the Russian for “it goes without saying.” I looked at him for one long moment.  “Are you sure this is a phrase you need?” … Continue reading

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They told me I’d be asked. Told me to have an answer ready

But I was otherwise engaged, and besides, I didn’t know how to answer.  And they were right; people do ask. “So, what was Peace Corps like?” Some expect a two-line answer.  Others want to really get into it, to imagine … Continue reading

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Love Hurts; ruminations from a delirium daze

There’s a time and there’s a place for uncertainty, and that time and that place is not between the covers of one’s own book.  To crawl between the sheets of someone else’s book may be insightful, but my goodness, it’s … Continue reading

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