Five Ways to Honor the Departed

Without keeping all their junk

(March 29, 2018) The last joke my grandmother told was a yellowed newspaper clipping, left in an envelope in her desk drawer for us to find after she died. It was a humor...

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Oldylocks and the 3,000 Stairs

Back to college as a full-ass adult

(February 1, 2018) If anything was to dispel my notion of being a young person who deserved some kudos for "adulting," it was going back to Humboldt State University at 37. Compared to...

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(January 18, 2018) I grew up in rural Maine in the 1960s. We lived a couple of miles outside of town. When I finished grammar school and prepared to enter the seventh grade...

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A Year After the Women’s March

(January 18, 2018) Last year at this time, I was preparing for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. — crossing the country to don my “pussy hat” and raise my fist alongside...

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A Love Letter to Arcata High's Class of '87

(August 24, 2017) I am in a state of panic, deep-cleaning the refrigerator. I have also vacuumed the garage and deadheaded every petunia on the property. In a text this morning, I told...

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Bright Lights, Small Town

The annual allure of the county fair

(August 24, 2017) Growing up in Humboldt County, there was nothing more exciting than the day my parents would announce that we were going to the Fair. They would bundle us kids...

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