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A Premonition

Sunday, I went to our Chico Eagle nest at 7 AM. As I was walking out, I spotted a parent sitting in a tree that hangs over the Sacramento...

Off the hook

I love my hobby because it lets me off the hook. That phrase popped into my mind unexpectedly. And now, as I turn it over, I discover...

Then and Now

It's 2022 and I'm entering a manuscript into my computer. I wrote a memoir 47 years ago, and decided it deserved to be exhumed. This...

A Second Second Opinion

Twenty years after the event outlined in “The Importance of a Second Opinion,” I found myself face to face with another young...

Portrait

My daughter gave me this self-portrait when she was in high school and it's always on my wall close to my computer. I love looking at it....

Backpacking with Charles

When I turned 80, my son Charles then 56, invited me backpacking. I jumped at the chance to spend time with him hiking through the woods....

My Friend Sara

I met Sara about 25 years ago through mutual tech writer friends in Marin. She’s a published poet from Ireland and was working her day...

The Office

Everyone said that my father was handsome, and I guess he was, in a neat dapper way with his curly hair flattened with pomade, his...

Mother

Summer was a rich time for an observer like me. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I could swim, build drippy castles on sand bars, catch...

Hypnosis and Childbirth

I loved having babies, but for my first, I was really a baby myself. Or more accurately a spoiled princess, accustomed to having life’s...

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