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Autumn Reminds Us of Loss

Even though its official start is still weeks away, autumn in the Northern Hemisphere unofficially began a few days ago with the start of September, and the spring, likewise, in the Southern Hemisphere. The yellows of August are beginning to …

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A Brief Respite

Returning home from Santa Fe, after a full day of escorting friends through O’Keeffe Country (Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, Rio Chama and Echo Amphitheater), the darkening clouds of what became our first installment of a too brief season of rain formed in the mountains before me. Over the Jemez, above Los Alamos, against a blackening backdrop of clouds and rain were breaks of intense luminescence highlighting the lush green landscape of the rejuvenating charred remains of the forest, destroyed in the Great Fire of 2011.   The mountains—appearing soft and lush—transported me to the treeless mountains of Ireland; stripped …

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The Nervous Season

During this time of renewal and growth, the world crossed the strange mark of one year of pandemic; however, the pandemic is still going strong in many places due to pandemic fatigue, acute loneliness and sheer impatience on the parts …

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The Darkening Season

Facebook Twitter Youtube These days, of the year winding down, are exciting if you are living in the Washington DC metropolitan area. An administration transition brings whole new groups of people into the city as whole groups leave or seemingly …

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On Voting and Fear

We are living an amazing moment of contradiction and challenge. The fullness of the autumn comes upon us bringing earlier and earlier sunsets; daytimes with the sun moving farther and farther south; and the awareness of more immediately descending darkness …

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Autumn Reverie

I look to autumn as the season which shakes us from our lethargy; that is, from the long hot summer with its casual day-to-day-ness. Long ago autumn marked the return to school and another birthday for me, when getting the …

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