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Wilderness Week

August 8, 2022

When you read this, Kaya, my canine companion, and I are deep off the grid in the Great Northeast for a week of Nature. No connectivity. Forest, river, sky, trees, dirt… magic all around. Kaya is being fitted for Sita’s dog pack above. That’s a week ago when I wrote this. Sita and I appear …

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The Fruits of Our Labor

August 1, 2022

Here I am holding jalapenos fresh from the garden. Behind me are a mass of marigolds and a wall of cherry tomatoes picked clean for the time being, but more to come. I love jalapenos! They are my perfect heat for so many recipes, including those that call for them raw. Marigolds remind me of …

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Climbing Forward

July 25, 2022

My son, Gabe, took me to two climbing gyms last week. I was pleasantly surprised at what a great workout it provided. It’s amazing to learn which muscles it draws on, most discernable by the soreness that develops over the following days. But, to be fair, that’s true with any new physical activity. I think …

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Ritual & Spontaneity

July 18, 2022

As I write this, I am traveling with my son, Gabe. He’s 24. This tradition started when he was three and has been missed only a few times for extenuating circumstances. This year is a transition as he starts graduate school in the fall studying sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I lived …

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14th Amendment

July 11, 2022

My birthday was Saturday, July 9, which was also the 154th anniversary of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution. There’s an interesting story about its ratification. The 14th Amendment overturned the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, which said (a) Black men were not citizens and did not have the rights of citizens, and (b) …

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July 4, 2022

Our new dog, Kaya, is a timid soul. She experienced some sort of trauma before we rescued her and does not display any form of aggression toward …

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A Deer Approach

June 27, 2022

My wife and I walked with our dog, Kaya, in one of the city parks here in Bethesda, Maryland, when we had a chance to see two …

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June 20, 2022

Yesterday was America’s Juneteenth and today we have a federal holiday that allows every employed American to take a day from work to consider what this holiday …

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One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

June 13, 2022

A few weeks ago while visiting my son for his commencement ceremony in Amherst, Massachusetts, my daughter, Ruchi, and I decided to go vegan. I made a …

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Celebrating Relationships

Celebrating Relationships

June 5, 2022

In the picture to the left I am dancing with my daughter, Ruchi, at a wedding we attended Saturday. The weather could not have been better, and …

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

May 30, 2022

Here in the USA Memorial Day is a holiday reserved for honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country while serving in the military. …

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May 23, 2022

  The picture above is my son, Gabriel, his back to the camera, walking across the stage to accept his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in their …

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Mental Health

Mental Health

May 16, 2022

Mental health is in the news right now. It’s on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post every …

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Watching Silly Videos

Watching Silly Videos

May 2, 2022

I know that the word is out that watching cat movies on YouTube is a total waste of time and one of the fruitless occupations of the …

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March 21, 2022

The View from Dolores Park

March 14, 2022

Art to Say What Cannot be Said

March 7, 2022


February 28, 2022

Special Times

February 21, 2022

The Fire of Creativity

February 14, 2022


February 7, 2022

Laura is Up for 4 Wammies!

January 31, 2022


January 24, 2022

Surrounded by Greatness

January 17, 2022


January 10, 2022

Liberation is Remembering Who We Really Are

January 3, 2022


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