Tag Archives: love

Rafa

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the emergency vet clinic at the University of Minnesota.  The hum of the vending machines.  Folks typing at the reception desk.  Sneet falling on the skylights above my head. Last night The Big … Continue reading

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My Tiny Revolution

This past week has been – uh – interesting.  I’m not sleeping particularly well and am nearing the point where I’ll need to withdraw completely from all sources of media. I decided to take some Tiny Steps in a Tiny … Continue reading

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Jacob Have We Loved

Dear Jacob: They found your remains last week, buried just off a country road, scarcely thirty miles from your home.  That tiny remnant of hope, a single flickering candle, is now and forever extinguished. You are dead. The man who … Continue reading

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Heart, Broken

Rafa the Pomeranian turns eight in August.  When I accidentally acquired Rafa in the summer of 2011 (Happy Birthday to me!), Second Chance Animal Rescue thought he was about three.  I decided his birthday would be August 8, a date … Continue reading

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Disease Model of Systemic Racism

Chief Complaint: Stage IV Systemic Racism History of Present Illness: The USA is a North American Country with a 250+ year history of Institutionalized Racism.  Multiple prior exacerbations include: slavery, annihilation/dispossession/forced assimilation/reservation marginalization of native peoples, the Chinese Exclusion Act, … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty, Take Two

Once upon a time, in a castle very similar to Hennepin Church, King Jesus’ handbell choir prepared their annual concert.  They called upon the Court Percussion Pinch-Hitter, Anne of Saint Paul, to add a bit of backbeat to a couple … Continue reading

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Bottomlining Easter

I pretended to be a Christian yesterday.  I wore semi-clean clothes, put on a bit of eyeliner, and popped into a polyester choir robe for a few hours.  As you all know, I love making music in groups, so when … Continue reading

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Curiosity

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat.  Curiosity sensitized her whiskers, perked up her ears to sounds she’d never heard before.  Old tunes rang new as curiosity fine-tuned the hertz for a different perspective. Curiosity led the cat into unexpected friendships, spontaneous … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to My Husband

Dear Ace: The Franklin Bridge is under construction, traffic diverted away from the exact spot where you suggested that we “run the race of life together” lo these many years ago.  I’m tempted to zip in under the cover of … Continue reading

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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

My maternal grandmother died in a car accident, when her brakes went out on a winding mountain road in California.  Margarette Fairbank Dyson Milanese was a tiny woman, barely five feet tall, with a wavy pin-curl bob and starched white … Continue reading

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