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Speaking up

“Really, shut it off.  I can’t.” It was the morning after the Kavanaugh/Ford testimony and the thought of a vote that afternoon was too much for me to bear.  For the record, I don’t usually demand that the news be turned off because it is so distasteful to me.  Although, I can happily skip the Read More

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Sydney

What is it about this city that I love? The Harbor Bridge rising above the spectacular Opera House? the way this view unexpectedly appears while admiring the flowers and trees in the Botanical Gardens?, the cockatoos screaming as they soar by? the friendly people with their charming accent? The amazing restaurants? The edgy neighborhoods with Read More

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Open Door

She was my first cockatiel, among a few parakeets. A young bird, she quickly bonded with me. Well, there was no one else around. At the time I was unmarried and lived on my own. She flew to me, perching on my finger while allowing me to rub her little white head as she turned Read More

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Never separated

“How are you?” They’ve heard the news or they have lived through it with me. Some look sad thinking they already know the answer. Others don’t ask. A few report back news, others avoid it altogether. Most never call. Their loyalty is elsewhere. They do not believe, I suppose, that they can do what they’ve Read More