Julie’s Jar

The neighbor’s dog continues to invade the vegetable garden. How do I know? The divots left by his paw prints are a clue. Avatar, that’s his name, has a habit of walking right down a row I’ve just planted. The fence needs fixing. It’s needed fixing for years. Avatar’s enthusiastic

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Hidden Wounds – Human Costs

Morning: May 8th: Tuesday  Eighteen a day, eighteen a day.  Eighteen veterans who returned from Iran and Afghanistan commit suicide every day. Eighteen lives every day, lost to suicide. They are victims, uncounted victims of war. As Memorial Day approaches, flags will be waved and talk of heroes and sacrifice

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The Conversation

Some of you know what I mean by “the conversation.” It is the conversation parents who are NOT Caucasion have with their children, especially their make children about what to do, specific behaviors to avid and engage when stopped by the police. African American and Latino parents typically have this

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Rest Gets No Respect

It is no secret or surprise that sleep deprivation is bad for us. Still, people put on the badge of martyr, order another shot of espresso and shoulder on through fatigue. Fatigue is a badge of honor in our society of over worked, over programmed people. The down-sizing and right

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Unprovokable

In his book, Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey observes life in what was then Arches National Monument. He uncovers the immense spiritual matter that is revealed in the material life of the desert. Here is a description of the prickly pear flower and its irresistible attraction for the honey bee.            

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