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AT HOME LEFT AND RIGHT

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you will know that I am changing home base from the Right Coast in New England to Left Coast of California. You will also be aware that this is not easy-peasy. … Continue reading

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MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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LABOR AND LEMONS

Happy Labor Day On this day it is useful to take a few moments to think about those Americans whose labor make our lives better. Though membership in unions has been in the decline, the effects of the unions’ nearly … Continue reading

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BACK TO WHERE I ONCE BELONGED

I used to belong in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve gone to college here, given birth to three children, rented, bought and sold houses in a large swath of the East Bay: Berkeley, Oakland, Kensington and Alameda. And now, … Continue reading

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MOTELS, MOOSE AND MOON SHADOWS

Last Friday I embarked on a real adventure—viewing the total eclipse–with part of my family: Bill, my daughter Sara and the fabulous Kamiko, our granddaughter. Here are a few impressions. THE SURPRISES OF ELKO We spent the first night in … Continue reading

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ON THE ROAD WITH BILL AND JIM, PART II

For the second week, we have a “Guest Blogger,” my spouse, Bill Popik. He and Jim Martin–our friend, photography guru and sometime-photo trip guide—embarked on a cross-country trip to photograph parts of the northern United States. This is Bill’s next … Continue reading

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CAN YOU GO HOME AGAIN?

Can a person really “go home again” and what does that mean? Thomas Wolfe’s most famous book title says we can’t. I’m not sure. This week Bill and I went home again to the San Francisco Bay Area where he … Continue reading

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MARRIAGE AND CHANGE

  Yesterday Bill and I celebrated the 39th anniversary of our marriage. “Celebrated” may not be the appropriate word because we didn’t do anything special. We have been lucky enough to share so many special trips and meals that it … Continue reading

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PENELOPE LIVELY AND BIG SMALL DECISIONS

Penelope Lively The idea that our entire lives can be shaped by early, small decisions is the lifelong subject of British author Penelope Lively’s novels. When you think of it, it makes sense. If forty years ago a long-lost boyfriend … Continue reading

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IS IT GOOD TO BE NICE?

It’s nice to be nice–at least that’s what I was raised to believe. I think it’s a good approach to life but sometimes the reflex to be nice is inappropriate.  I am in agony every time I return an item … Continue reading

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