“Could you run down to my class and get the students settled while I grab a few things,” my coworker Katie asked this morning? Katie teaches an elective in philosophy, she’s a dynamic instructor, and the students love her. Since I’m free this block I jump at the opportunity, “I’m on it.” I take a […]


Living in the Gap by Cheryl Oreglia No wonder I often feel confused, especially when I’m lost in personality, this happens when I ignore my authentic way of being in the world, and slap on an old frayed mask, hoping no one will notice. As Akshay Vasu so eloquently states, “There was a closet somewhere […]


When friends stop showing up, it’s not because they are not good people, it’s because they don’t know how to sit with you in your pain says Glennon Doyle. Sitting silently.  Not judging. Not advising. Just presence. We call it unconditional love. As we age up in life we become acquainted with new arenas of […]


She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign. She said “What you need is love potion number nine” I’m listening to this song on the radio while driving at reckless speeds towards the nearest McDonald’s. Go easy, what you don’t know is I’m on my way home from Lab Corp, after waiting […]

I’m sitting in the doublewide chair at the lake house, staring out the picture window, observing the constant movement of swallows, ducks, and geese as they interact with the watery environment. It’s late summer, a familiar pungent aroma melds with the dank environment, as if a massive compost has sprung up in the backyard, when […]


  It’s mid morning, I’m lounging on my sister’s couch, we’re sipping coffee, shooting the shit, and verbally redecorating her guest room from our prone positions. Out of the blue she says to me, “I wish I had asked Mom about death.”  I say, “do you mean how she felt about dying?” “No, how she […]


Photo credit Bonny McClain I confess to an unwarranted love of storytelling, even though I put myself through hell before putting my butt in a chair, and actually writing. I’m willing to do just about anything to avoid staring at a blank page, including organizing the bathroom cupboards, cleaning under the kitchen sink, or heaven […]


We were married less then a year when Larry walked through the door of our small apartment in Beaverton, Oregon and announced, “we’re moving back to California, I quit my job, start packing.” “Shouldn’t we discuss this first?”Oh the hell with it, I wasn’t sure what I thought about the pool freezing over in our complex, […]