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Wanting To be free of desire, they say, is to be free. (12/20/2007)
To the Editor of The Sun Feelings that go beyond words (11/10/2007)
My Visit with the Director of Lawrence Radiation Lab An "advice call" that was way out of my depth. (12/13/1994)
Snoozing in my Chair A poem. What else can I say?  (10/8/2007)
Remembering that First Kiss . . .  and other delights of age.  (10/1/2007)
Plodding Down the Path, Seeking . . . What? Can a biological machine have free will?  (7/16/2007)
Read To Me A multi-media exploration of multi-media (7/4/2007)
Lost to the Clouds Dreams sometimes reveal us to ourselves. (5/19/2007)
Mammogram When "one thing leads to another" goes too far (5/17/2007)
I'm Old, Old, he said Learning the art of making acquaintances. (5/15/2007)
Tax Time Sometimes I think I'll never outgrow the classroom.  (3/6/2007)
Prosopagnosia It's called "Face-Blindness" and I have the next thing to it. (7/13/2006)
On Being Fully Alive Diane Ackerman continues to inspire me. (7/3/2006)
Rats A memoir about an incident that still intrigues me. (6/15/2006)
John Someone I met a long time ago, but never forgot. (8/10/ 2005)
If I Should Die before I Wake . . . A bedtime prayer my mother taught me, that I've learned all over again. (6/30/ 2005)
Theme Song Nostalgia The story of my life can be told in music. (6/9/ 2005)
Fight or Flight or . . . What? I've learned something about myself that I'm not comfortable with, but . . . (4/26/2005)
Minor Island A memoir of an early experience that gave me a better sense of myself. (7/21/2001)
Landings II and III Sentimental journeys, there and back, at 30,000 feet. (composed 2001, posted 4/16/2005)
The Sun on Me in the Morning There are some important things in my life, and this is one. (2/2/2005)
Missing Pieces Those little dreams and bits of dreams influence us all our lives (1/20/2005)
Living Simply What do I really Want from Life? (1/28/2005)
Voices The mind is a mysterious thing. (2/8/2003)
I Had a Brother, Once Blood doesn't always define relationships. (12/2/2004)
The Wild One Sometimes, it feels right to just let go. (3/11/1995)
Insurance All is impermanent, as The Buddha says. (10/22/2004)
The Cost of Health Care The cost/benefit dilemma that will continue to grow. (10/15/2004)
Popular Music Ain't What it Used to Be Sometimes it moves me, but the old show tunes stay in my head. (7/2/2004)
Sleeping Beauty My life seems full of mysteries--or is it just one?  (6/18/2004)
Full Moon Somethin' in the way she moves me . . . (4/9/2004)
Are We Connected? Humans are a rational species, but . . . (3/3/2004)
Concert for George Nostalgia for a more innocent age. (12/28/2003)
Zoë Moon The sculptor's gift from the gods. (12/28/2003)
An Opportunity to Feel Reading can't replace experience, but sometimes, when it's all I've got, . . . (12/28/2003)
Over the River and Through the Woods . . . Christmas will never be the way it was. (12/24/2003)
Saving Daylight The swing toward darkness portends bigger things for me. (10/24/2003)
Garage Sale Musing on all the "stuff" I accumulate.  (10/6/2003
Pushing On Rethinking some old habits (3/28/2003)
My Little Town My home town is in my head, and is keeping me from seeing what is. (3/14/2003)
Grasping When I want something more. (3/7/2003)
Memory "From out of the past . . ." (11/22/2002)
The West Wing or--"What is True?" Some thoughts about television and me (10/25/2002)
Everything is Impermanent Old memories never die, they just fade away (10/21/2002)
Muscles I didn't think I  needed them anymore, until . . . (9/5/2002)
Dawn What's so special about those soft moments of the day?  (written 7/6/ 2001, revised 6/ 14/ 2002)
Gaslight I can still hear the soft pop and then the hollow hiss of the streetlamp coming on in front of my grandmother’s house. . .  (6/6/2002)
Emotional Habits A family gathering reminded me of my loneliness (4/25/2002)
My Shadow, For Better or Worse No, not that dark spot on the sidewalk--the one inside me. (1/3/2002)
The Power of Eyes I guess I ain't dead yet--or safe from my own weaknesses. (12/13/2001)
The Irony of Being a Vegetarian Sometimes two related values don't work very well together. (12/7/2001)
She Blushed After attending a concert in Toledo (11/16/2001)
The Mouse in the Basement They keep appearing, and I keep thinking about them--and about me. (10/18/2001)
Passion The losses—and regrets—of aging. (8/19/2001)
Mind and Matter The question, "Who Am I?" keeps coming up. (4/12/2001)
"Do You Love God?" Important Questions — and Fear. (3/22/2001)
Writer's Lament Maybe it's just the time of year  (3/1/2001)
Releasing Dreams Urges to create seem to find their ways home (1/15/2001)
Relating to Cats and Dogs I'm intrigued by the difference (10/4/2000)
Free as a Bird It wasn't written recently, but I just rediscovered it, and it still has an impact on me. (3/31/2000)
Silk Scarf Some thoughts about realities. (11/4/99)
Alice at 21 I came across an old photo of my mother. (10/27/99)
Cookies and Milk At a sleepless 2:00 A.M., I was reading and was reminded of something from about 66 years ago. Read it, and maybe do some remembering of your own. (1/22/99)
There are a lot of animals in the mountains and I wrote about a few, and about a special kind of caretaker . . .  Click here to read about them (with photos). (2/1/99)


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