Quail (or How to Become a Scary Movie Trope)

The scene: A dark, too quiet night in the bowels of some remote location. The character:  A beautiful but foolish all-American young person. The plot: S/he has come to a remote location with a group of friends to let off steam and maybe even get lucky, when suddenly (but only after receiving numerous warnings from… Continue reading Quail (or How to Become a Scary Movie Trope)

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I’ll Be Gone (for Chester, and all)

In my lifetime so far, there have been two celebrity deaths that hit me on such an inexplicably personal level of pain that I actually had to stop and cry: 1. Madeleine L'Engle (1919-2007): author of A Wrinkle in Time and so much more. Madeleine L'Engle made me want to write, to fly, to make… Continue reading I’ll Be Gone (for Chester, and all)

We Are All Luke Skywalker

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... ...there was an aspiring young man named Luke. Luke didn't know it, but he lived a very sheltered existence. His family kept him close, his farm kept him fed, and a silent warrior in hiding kept him safe. Amidst this bounty of provision, unfortunately, Luke… Continue reading We Are All Luke Skywalker

Giving 2016 the Sendoff It Deserves

I woke up this December 26th with one thought clearly on my mind: Okay, Christmas was awesome but now it is over; let's bring on the New Year already!  Thus inspired, I began almost immediately to set my sights on resolutions, reading up on whatever productivity tips, nutritional research, and other "new year, new you"… Continue reading Giving 2016 the Sendoff It Deserves

new year, new…weeds?

As part of our 2016 New Year rituals , my family decided to spend our final day of winter break this week in the garden.  We made this plan expecting to uproot and discard leftover dead growth from last year's harvest, and to cover the newly bare earth with a blanket of leaves.   Sounds perfectly… Continue reading new year, new…weeds?