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sherrie-theriault's picture
Feb.03.2014
February 3       AND THIS IS FOR WHAT?     I smiled down on God and said, “This is pretty and what is it for?” “Oh, that’s your life.  It is a surprisingly useful thing to have.”  My Higher Power, like my sponsor, thinks she is funny but she is not. “What am I...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Oct.30.2013
October 30     On a Half-shell in Front of Tiffany’s   Pretty petty pearls wait in oysters more perturbed than annoyed.  I string my tears for the sake of posterity leaving the dreams to fend for themselves.  I am nothing if not splendidly prepared for a life less steeped...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.10.2013
"The day will come when you will trust you more than you do now, and you will trust me more than you do now. We can trust each other. I do believe, I really believe…that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous and people are not yet willing to pay it." James...
mark-gillispie's picture
Mar.08.2013
  A wintry blue sky crowns my view to the outside world. A jet slips past the large picture window, destination unknown. I feel warm and snug in this womb my soft hospital bed has become. My destination today is home. Tomorrow? Who knows. I'm learning that uncertainty is our lone guarantee. I'...
jane-hirshfield's picture
Feb.10.2013
  Jane Hirshfield       (from THIRTY YEAR PLAN: Thirty Writers on What We Need To Build a Better Future; Great Barrington MA: ORION Books, 2012)     Optimism     The reality is this. We are going to die, and everyone we love and care about will die too....
michael-seidel's picture
Jan.13.2013
The sun outside my windows promises a warm day.  Its sunshine creates a snug, cozy ambiance in the house.   We've been experiencing unusual weather conditions here in Ashland.  We expect snow each year but it isn't expected to hang around. Snow below three thousand feet is usually a...
rosy-cole's picture
Oct.20.2012
The turn of events this summer has caused me to reflect on the nature of fear and how it distorts perspective. The chimera takes on a palpable form, prompting actions that aren't contained in an imagined world, but have negative consequences, even fatal consequences, in the human arena when...
joann-smith-ainsworth's picture
Aug.02.2012
Here’s your opportunity to share my simple, but workable secret for emotionally recovering from life’s setbacks—like rejection letters. Maybe these two tools will work for you as they do for me. The first is to distract yourself from your problem. Think about something other than the...
joshua-keidan's picture
May.03.2012
“Where goes Seattle, so goes the world” It is the greatest most poignant truth in the world. Even though it’s fame and importance is generally relegated to my own head. On May first Seattle was invaded by a bunch of trust fund anarchists who seemed quite angry at something. They were not sure what...
g-kasten's picture
Apr.05.2012
We’re all familiar with the feeling, whether it’s short lived in response to a particular event, or a cloud that lingers for no apparent reason, maybe a purely biochemical one. What I wonder is what possible purpose the feeling serves. Here are some suggestions: 1) Being depressed conserves energy...