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A Separate Peace

“Can you describe this space?” asked Phyllis, the most wonderful coach/friend/sister. It has been years since I stepped off workjob employment into the stay at home realm of caregiving. This wandering in the desert. The What Is To Become of Me Question has been...

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The Indian Question

The Indian Question

My town of Skowhegan, Maine considers removal of "Indian" as the team name I chose to stay silent on the “Indian Question” in my community for a host of reasons, explicitly relating to my own white privilege. But I called it...

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A Wintry Mix and Kung Pao Chicken

A Wintry Mix and Kung Pao Chicken

Three words that must not be uttered aloud from this day forward. Kung Pao Chicken The hospital’s featured special, day 5 out of 6, Just prior to the sou'easter ripping through my innards and spewing them forth along interstate 295 northbound in a surprise Friday...

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Digestion and Mischief

Digestion and Mischief

2017 was a year full of transition, learning and disequilibrium for me. Maybe all years are like that, but I set about to shift my world and the world of those around me, with intention. I knew Mom and Dad were moving in, and wanted to have my “house in order” for...

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A New Table of Thanksgiving in an Ageless Home

A New Table of Thanksgiving in an Ageless Home

...And Upper Limit Problems in General Man, the Universe is giving it to me big. As I sat on this airplane: 1A, thank you very much, I can't help but feel like the most famous movie star in the world. I'm returning home from a trip to Dallas, where I was invited to...

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The Grinch Age

The Grinch Age

Tomorrow I will be 53. If you're at all familiar with Dr. Seuss, you know that the Grinch was 53 when he stole Christmas. With his Grinch feet ice cold in the snow. And you know, I'd like my heart to feel not so tight. I just got word earlier this week that I am, in...

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Community and Challenge

Community and Challenge

For decades I’ve worked with communities: groups of people who come together for a cause, in most cases toward a more dynamic city or better health for everyone. There are best practice activities to engage in, and lots of resources out there. And yet over and over...

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Spanx, Mini m&m’s and Parker Palmer

Spanx, Mini m&m’s and Parker Palmer

Here in rural Maine, some things are hard to come by. So for most of us, even those like me who pride ourselves on supporting the local economy, Amazon is occasionally a blessing. With my parents' arrival in May, the daily demands, although really light at the moment,...

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10 Tools for Today’s Woman

10 Tools for Today’s Woman

We knew this day was coming. 6 months ago, Mom and Dad moved in, with Mom’s dementia symptoms becoming more apparent. Specialist after specialist ruled out physical illnesses, and this next-to-last-one, geriatrics, was the one I was deeply dreading and looking forward...

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