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Lincoln at the Bardo

This was a strange and wonderful experience to listen to. I listen rather than read in order to expand my reading time (on the treadmill, in the laundry room and kitchen) usually figuring I’m having the same experience either way. But with a cast of 160 for this...

Second Chances

Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash Yesterday I learned that my brother-in-law died. Keith was a heavy Facebook user who suddenly went quiet, so a neighbor checked on him and discovered he’d passed away in his sleep—at 65. Since he was living in Ecuador, I hadn’t seen...

On Finding a Cure for Migraines

photo by Josh Adamski, courtesy of Upsplash I just heard the commercial friends have been telling me about, the one for an injectable migraine drug. A few weeks ago, I would have been ready to sign on, though the drug claims are underwhelming, purporting to, “reduce...

A Mind Unraveled

When I headed up retail operations for Borders, one of my most critical tasks was hiring store managers. I loved the process of drawing out the motivations and character in someone I’d never met before—in an hour or less. Apart from looking for the ideal candidate...

Surprises

photo by Chris Geirman, courtesy of Upsplash Last night, Bob treated me to a post-birthday surprise. We split our drive home into two legs, going just to Steamboat yesterday, and the rest of the way to Salt Lake today. In Steamboat, we went to Strawberry Hot Springs....

Power Outages

  Photo by Stéphane Juban on Unsplash   We woke 3 days ago to the kind of quiet that feels like something’s wrong. When I looked out the window, I couldn’t imagine how we’d slept through it, but our front yard and the walkway leading from our porch to our...

Lean on Pete

Photo by Jamison Riley on Unsplash Last night Bob and I watched Lean on Pete. From the description—a 15-year-old boy tries to save a horse from slaughter—I had no idea that I would be experiencing the most intense chapter from my childhood. Spoiler alert: I give away...