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Chasing the Joy

No Time for Trouble cover

I sometimes use the tagline, “Twisting through time, chasing the joy.” It’s summer, and I’ve had plenty of joy to chase. My daughter got married. It was a stunning day.  My flowers have been awesome. I live in a bee-yoo-tiful place. I see lots of butterflies in my yard, but I don’t often catch a […]

Kindness: Pass It On


I’m a writer with ruts. One of those ruts is that I often go to the public library on Saturday afternoons to find myself a nice spot that looks out the bank of windows on a panoramic view of the Front Range of the Rockies. A recent Saturday was an ordinary Saturday, and I was […]

Evidence of Things Unseen


“I didn’t think we had termites in Colorado.” If I had a dollar for every person I know who thinks that … well, I could have used the cash to pay the termite guys. We definitely have termites in Colorado. More specifically, in my neighborhood, er, in my house. “Out of sight, out of mind.” […]

What Do You Do?

Olivia Newport greeting card art

When people ask me what I “do,” I have to resist the urge to make the kind of joke my mother would make. She would wave her hands in the air and say, “I do this,” followed by sliding her feet and saying, “then sometimes I do this.” Mom cracks people up because she goes […]

A Leap-Year Temptation


Does February 29 somehow feel like an extra day? Like a surprise to see it on the calendar? (Probably not for people born on February 29!) It’s all a mathematical glitch, of course. Like when I can’t quite figure out where my math went wrong in my check register. It’s close, but not quite there, […]

2015 in Blitz Form

Olivia Newport paper trees

Here are 10 random reflections on my life in 2015. Shopping for a wedding dress is a day-long committee meeting but only one person has a vote that matters. (But the entire wedding party agrees my daughter will look spectacular as a June bride.) It is not possible to watch The West Wing too many […]

“The peace of Christ be with your spirit.”

Christmas star -LN

I’ve been playing hooky. I admit it. I never did that when I was in school. Not even for senior ditch day. Not even for a mind-numbing class in college or a boring lecture in grad school. If I could take back all the days I went to class sick, I would. But even that […]

The Midwest in the Girl

Photo @Larry Mohr.

I make no apology for the fact that I go to the library a lot. In fact, its half-mile proximity to my home was an appealing factor for choosing this house nineteen years ago. In addition to the satisfaction of visiting the home of thousands of books, it makes a nice gentle walk in fine […]


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I double-booked myself. For an entire day. Actually I had a third option for the morning. Somehow I had enough presence of mind not to plan to be in three places at the same time while not seeing the contradiction of continuing to think I could be in two places. One was an all-day event […]

Living the Duplicate Life

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Sometimes I work at the desk in my office with a separate keyboard so I’m not hunched over my laptop. But sometimes I like to work in the living room, where I have the desk my daughter left behind when she moved out, so I can enjoy the sunshiney view and the bird feeder outside […]