scorched earth

Early this morning, the State of California executed Stanley Tookie Williams?by means of lethal injection?for his conviction of the robbery murders of four people in Los Angeles in 1979. Those who know me well understand that one of the reasons I left my home state of Virginia was to distance myself from such frequent use […]

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before and after

I was talking with a friend recently about her decades’ long struggle with her body image, and railing against the little voice inside that kept telling her, “When I lose weight, I’ll be happy.” She has been lucky enough to understand that in reality it’s the other way around?that when she’s happy, she has a […]

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now we are (thirty-)six

Today is my birthday. As is my custom, I like to take some time to reflect back on the year, to take note of the milestones and disappointments, and to honor both where I am currently and where I appear to be headed next. When I turned thirty, I wrote an open letter to all […]

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a voice from beyond

While clearing a stack of old mail off of my dining table this morning, in preparation for the arrival of my first “test subject” in my current healing research project, I came across a letter from my aunt. Anne, whose memorial service I just attended two days ago, had sent this to me in May, […]

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a lesson in dying

It’s been too long since my last blog entry, and for that I humbly apologize. I won’t make excuses for my absence, but will instead dive right in…. My mother’s sister, Anne, passed away on Friday morning, 14 October 2005, at approximately 8 a.m. PDT. She had been diagnosed with secondary metastasized melanoma in December […]

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bleeping intention

I have somehow come to be the co-founder of a study group for the movie, “What the Do We Know!?” — really, my friend, Ansur (aka the Lord of Truly Atrocious Puns), is the true founder, as all I’ve contributed is the name of the group (Bippety-Bobbity-Bleep) and my presence at a handful of meetings. […]

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positioning

You have probably heard about Cindy Sheehan, who has been protesting outside President Bush’s Texas home following the death of her son, Casey, who was serving in Iraq. Casey was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. But it wasn’t simply the loss of her son that prompted activism from this previously very […]

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