Bacterial Warriors: Ancient Residents, Both Good and Bad

(Bacteria under the microscope. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock) “Viruses are stealthy predators; they cause infections by entering and multiplying inside the host’s healthy cells. Bacteria are warriors; they are single cells that can survive on their own, inside or outside the body. In the 1800’s it was difficult to know what caused a person’s illness…

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Small Book Group Discussions

I’ve been meeting with small book groups to read and discuss Footfalls to the Alamo since last December. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to meet with people who enjoy reading about Texas history as much as I do.  It’s certainly complicated! At a recent book talk, one woman said something like, “This…

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All You Need is Love, Love

This year is not a leap year, so February has its signature twenty eight days. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere often consider this the final month of winter, though climate change may cause reconsideration of this at some point. Often the subject of love comes up, most certainly on account of Valentines Day…

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“We have the power to be rainbows.”

This morning I read an interesting Bloomberg article entitled “Twelve Rules for Life” by Megan McArdle. I was surprised to see it because these sorts of articles and lists usually appear in January as folks are composing their New Years Resolutions, even if they don’t get past number one, and even if that one exists…

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Memorial for a Lost Poem

My writing teacher loved you. Well, especially: “M&M faced ragsters jumbling pell-mell into a faded pink station wagon at dawn.” A morning of summer blueberry picking was what it was all about. Donning belts to hold buckets to hold berries freshly plucked from their limbs. Later, somewhere in the field, a radio blared Diana Ross…

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Barn’s Loft

Rafters loom large between rusty nails. A small raccoon peers out diamond at roof’s gable. Ladder, missing rungs of course, stands ready. Pine wood, walnut casings, large barrel stuffed with radio parts, Mr. Bowles, struck dead by a mail truck on Henry Street, left treasures up there. Sleepovers, flashlights, sleeping bags, pillows, Tiger Beat magazine.…

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Good Mourning

Is there ever a good mourning? Recently my mother passed away followed the next month by my mother-in-law. Two very different, loving women whose nine decades were filled to the brim with what mattered most to each of them, and family was right up there. The Covid19 pandemic altered the way in which we were…

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Helios and Selene

A thick, deliciously dense and ferny woods beckoned behind our house when I was young. This other world presented itself next to a small white church, obscured behind a few modest homes in our gritty working class neighborhood. Beechnut, pine, ferns, moss, and decaying wood all sent up a heady amalgam of musty scents easily…

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“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about a poem written over one hundred years ago by the poet T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”  Written in 1910, the poem was immediately cast into a new category of poetry called modernism, “a literary movement at the turn of the 20th century that emphasized…

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It’s All in a Morning

I have a preference for poetry and short stories over novels and non-fiction.  I read a story a day, and maybe a few poems when I have time. Certainly reading and writing take up the bulk of my days now.  Winter is coming and I know that this will be even more true as the…

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