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The Cure for Loneliness

“The cure for loneliness is solitude.” ― Marianne Moore I’ve found myself lonely for the first time in 30 years, as my youngest child hits the world running and my husband is frequently on business travel. It’s is often just me and the pets at home. So I […]

black-tailed prairie dogs

Last Stand on the Prairie

Prairie dogs have a language all their own. They’re not really dogs, they are really part of the marmot family, but they bark and yip like dogs, which is how they got their name. Sophisticated research has found their language to be quite complex, as you can learn […]

great horned owlet

Finding Owls and Community

I walk my dogs frequently in the evenings down a wooded trail near our suburban home. I’d see other walkers, with and without dogs, but I rarely said more than a greeting. If they had a dog, there is a possibility that my dogs will be impolite, and […]

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Leaving Behind the Drama Queen

We all know a drama queen. She always has something going on; there’s one crisis after another. These people always seem to have a problem that gets their outrage all worked up. It may be their own problem or a cause they’ve adopted as their own – and […]

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Finding Safety Against All Odds #WATWB

For some, human trafficking is something that happens somewhere else, but it’s thriving in the US. Some victims are forced to work as agriculture laborers, others must braid hair or paint nails. But many work the sex trade, and the pimps entrap young runaways of both genders to […]

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Unsticking Everything at Once

After living in the flow fairly consistently for the past three years, I found myself out of the flow several months ago. I felt like my life had been paused. Nothing was moving forward; the days looked the same, and everything bored me. I have so many projects […]

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It Takes a Tiny Village

Safety and security are fundamental needs for us. Without them, the world is difficult to navigate. In fact, many homeless people develop mental health needs, but they can make a real turn around just by having a safe place of their own, no matter what size. I’ve blogged […]