Saving the Discovery Museum

(February 25, 2021) Wednesday afternoon was their scheduled weekly supervised visit with their mom; every week they'd come into the same room with the same books and toys, while I sat on an...

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Living Tiny in Turbulent Times

(February 18, 2021) Our life is frittered away by detail ... Simplify, simplify. — Henry David Thoreau I lived in my first tiny house — so to speak — in the mid-1980s when...

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Please Don't Cry in the Big Girl's Store

(December 10, 2020) When I was around 10 years old, my mother decided we should have swimming lessons. It was a good decision; in 1992, the Mattole River was still deep and swift...

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For Gerrianne Schulze, Died Aug. 22, 2020

(October 15, 2020) I met Gerrianne through a picture taken on a camera loaned to someone for a birthday party in the summer of 2015. That fall I looked over a pot of...

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Missing Harold

Fathers, sons, guns and wild men

(September 3, 2020) "Are you prepared to kill a man tonight?" "No." "Are you prepared to die tonight?" "No." "Then put the gun away and we will decide whether we call the police...

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Heart of the Beast

Traversing the pandemic to say goodbye

(August 20, 2020) It's midnight and I'm still an hour away for a 12:30 a.m. flight booked just hours before from my home, also hours and worlds away. Another panicked decision, another chance...

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