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The fall semester is officially launched, but like fat to a belly, I remain staunchly attached to the remnants of summer. I refute the evidence like a seasoned lawyer even though my pigment is in an all-out fade.  According to Newsweek it is time to ditch the daily shave, trash the Tory Burch flip flops, and tuck those […]

“Memory is the place where our vanished days secretly gather,” writes John O’Donohue in his novel Beauty. I love this image of a place where my past surreptitiously gathers under a personal hashtag dynamically informing my evolving identity. It’s like hosting a well-balanced Facebook page where both the good and bad are accurately recorded. I […]

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School’s about to start and I feel like a tightrope walker trying to balance lesson plans with summer futility. This is harder than it looks so don’t judge me. I feel horribly restrained by these opposing forces so I decide to go to the dermo for a new face cream. I have it all justified […]

Mt. Konocti, our own 4,300 foot volcano, is the focal point of California’s largest freshwater lake, known as Clearlake (the name is a little deceptive). The volcano has been dormant for 10,000 years but the landscape is alive and well. The Pomo Indians dominated this region for 11,000 years, until the onset of the white […]

The world’s first recorded road trip took place in Germany in the summer of 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, traveled 60 miles to visit her mother, but without the consent of her husband. She was trying to promote his new invention, the present day Mercedes-Benz, and I’ll be damned if that automobile didn’t take […]

After a long weekend, I was cleaning out the refrigerator at the lake house, and forced to confront the jumble of food lingering on the shelves. An assortment of delectable treats comes with each new guest and the leftovers take up residency in the bowels of this old Kenmore. When stacking jars of expired salsas, olives, and salad […]

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I am a high school teacher and yes I’ve been singing, “Schools Out,” all week long, loudly, and off key. I know my family is thrilled – to go to work. I also created a summer list. (Seems a little less threatening than a bucket list) My first item was to start a blog. The […]

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I just ordered a new book on my kindle called Linchpin by Seth Godin. He is an inspirational author that seeks to motivate individual performance.  His home page says, “Go make something happen.”  I receive a daily email that links to his blog and almost weekly I find a post that is relevant to my world.  […]

Living in the gap, the space between past and future, is not an easy task. I spend so much time redeveloping the past, or worrying about the future, I lose sight of the present. For example, just this morning, I have no idea why, but I was writing the first line of my obituary in […]