Category Archives: Alexis Rankin Popik

BAD SMELL

From the Archive: “Does this smell bad?” “No, Mom.” “What about this?” “No, Mom.” “Or this?” “Mom, I feel like I’m living with Helen Keller.” Eight years ago I lost my sense of smell. I had had a very bad … Continue reading

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FINDING JOY

Recently, Janet Compiano Alonso–a friend since 4th grade–sent me the following note about an event that brought joy in her life. And since she has known me since we were nine years old, she calls me Karen–though I am not … Continue reading

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FINDING HAPPINESS

I got a catch-up note from an old friend yesterday that got me thinking about happiness. He wrote, “That said, we are great, positive, and enjoying most days with activities we would not have done without Shelter in Place.”  Because … Continue reading

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MASKS AND FINDING HOPE

Kanye WestThis past week a post about Kanye West’s Bipolar Disorder appeared in Instagram Stories under Kim Kardashian’s byline. In it, Kardashian made several important points:  (1) it is complicated and difficult to understand; (2) the pressure and isolation in … Continue reading

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A NEW LIFE

This is not about the new life we are all experiencing due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.  This is about a New Life our family has been graced with during this very difficult time. A few days ago,  Baby T. … Continue reading

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A DAY IN THE DELTA

I spent a day on the San Joaquin Delta’s rivers, sloughs and cuts  this week, exploring the area where I was raised but never appreciated.  My sister Liz and her husband Steve acquired a boat earlier this year for fishing … Continue reading

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FRIENDS AT A DISTANCE

The idea of keeping friends at a distance is unnatural. It feels strange to stand six feet away from a person when having a conversation. Last week I went to a plant nursery to get advice from one of the … Continue reading

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Home…Still Home

I have been home—in my home—for more than five weeks now.  This is true for a majority of the U.S. population, as far as I can tell.  We are doing this to protect ourselves and others from the Corona Virus, … Continue reading

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SHELTERING AND THINKING

We have been “Sheltering in Place” like most Californians since we returned from Cuba earlier this week.  The word “shelter” has a very comforting sound, and we all need as much comfort as we can get in this very weird time.   … Continue reading

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LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE, PART II

From the archive: This week, many readers wrote to me with their own versions of what is Living Your Best Life.  Here is a sampling.  It comes as no surprise that no one’s best life includes owning a private jet … Continue reading

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