Monthly Archives: July 2011

Guilt From Death Fuels Comparisons

After my brother died from suicide I was too shell-shocked and self-enclosed to think beyond myself, but slowly, I began to understand grief would not vanish, or heal itself without my active participation. Deep, traumatic grief was not a knee … Continue reading

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English Creek

  Ivan Doig Penguin Books, 1984  Two features of English Creek are memorable long after details are forgotten. First is the companionship of story pace to geography. During its 340 pages, it seems to change scenes only four times. Told … Continue reading

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The Wild Eyebrow Hair

When I got home from a noon meeting I went to the mirror to take out my contact and there it was. Over my left eye was a long white (!) eyebrow hair falling gracefully down in a lazy S … Continue reading

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Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Tony Horwitz Henry Holt, 2002 When Horwitz began the journey of retracing Captain James Cook’s travels, he and his humorous, hard-drinking, side-kick, Roger, performed a respectfully friendly, but ludicrous re-enactment of the 1760 British landing in Tahiti. At a beach … Continue reading

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