Archive | September 2011

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DOG OR CAT?


It is a fairly well accepted fact that we anthropomorphize our pets far too often.  So, as a silly reversal of roles, how would you characterize yourself?  Cat or dog?  Both animals have admirable qualities, so to claim to be one or the other will not denigrate you. Either specie of course has its moments of […]

LEARN TO WRITE


According to an old joke (perhaps a true story), there’s this ad in a magazine: Learn to write novels. Easy-to-understand instructions. Send $20. You send money to the given address and in return they send you a dictionary with the instructions “Some assembly required.” Joke aside, that’s all there’s to it really, whether you want […]

LANGUAGE OF COLOR


The boy spoke little; only when necessary, and then mostly in single syllables.  He had been adopted into a loving family as a newborn, along with another newborn boy, who took care of most of the conversation for both of them. His mother had what she called “smiling” classes with both babies and whoever happened […]

THE MANY FACES OF MATA ORTIZ


In a small village at the end of a long dirt road, magic happens every day.  It is an earthly magic, worked by men, women and children at kitchen tables and in backyards all over town, and its elements are very simple. A handful of mud. A few sticks and stones and human hairs. A […]

HIKING 101


It became much more fun when there were four of us instead of just the two, and we couldn’t wait to introduce both grandsons (there were only two at that time) to the high country we loved.  They had been good campers since the age of two, but children were not allowed to backpack until […]