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Sep 07

A certain age

The saleslady said “Ladies of a certain age shouldn’t wear red” An odd thing to ban Why not black, or gray, or tan? It’s true that my complexion no longer shows The smoothness that society poetically calls glow. My breasts may tend to slightly sag Another thing society deems bad So why should red now …

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Sep 07

Red moon

The red moon greets me on the horizon Pale from smoke At first there is no noise Yet the crickets coo and hum My feet scuff on the trail There is no light The merest shade of not black A suggestion that maybe the black and white of the canvas can change I have yet …

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May 20

Public Service

I don’t know about you, but I talked to a lot of people who felt like this was an especially long week. I know I’m thinking: “TGIF!” So, to brighten your day and get you ready for the weekend (which by all accounts will be lovely) here are 15 random flower photos from my walk …

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Apr 27

I know you’re taunting me

In general, I don’t believe in complaining about the weather. There is nothing I or anyone else can do about it, and my time with God is usually spent having conversations like this: “God, please give me the strength not to strangle office-mate Opal when she tells me that story AGAIN!” Still, this “spring” has …

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Apr 20

Goodbye, Finn

Today I said goodbye to my darling Finn. October 14, 2001 – April 19, 2017 2001 I got Finn from a rescue. His parents had come in during a drug best, and they had gone to a friend of a friend’s rescue. Finn was one of the two surviving pups. How could I not fall …

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Feb 02

My action plan

As the headline in USA Today read: 10 days, 20 orders. Of course, today is day 12 (yes, I’m behind the times) but so far I’ve already been to a protest, written two letters to the editor and 20 to my representatives, and broken down at work in tears. Obviously, this can’t go on. In …

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Jan 17

Anxiety over a hat

I am not much of a protester. It isn’t that I don’t have a list of things I am protesting, but I tend to be a sort of middle-of-the-road person. For the past several weeks I have been attempting to muster my courage and attend one of the many local “Women’s March on Washington” events …

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Jan 16

Beginning the 2017 birding year

Because of the pneumonia, I missed the Salem Audubon Society‘s New Year’s birding trip around Minto Brown. Today was their regularly scheduled monthly outing to Ankeny. While I am still not feeling 100%, I know this trip usually involved more driving than anything else, so I resolved to get up and go see what I …

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Jan 03

2017 Goal List

Painting Keep painting Write more exclusively about art in my blog Attend critique group Investigate Salem group Enter both WSO shows April (actually already done! But unsuccessfully…) October Participate in local art group Arts in Action Join (done) Attend meetings Enter the Equine Art Show (Emerald Downs) July Submit to the AAEA Show Spring (March …

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Jan 01

2016 Goal List – Review

On this last day of 2016, I spent the day on a bit of a birding quest, trying to find the last five birds to complete my goal of 150 species in 2016. In the end, I remained at 145. Still, I am feeling good about this goal. Looking at this list, there is NOTHING …

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