After my morning ritual of journaling the cobwebs from my head, stretching the cricks from my joints, then feeding my body tea, fruit and grain, I felt jaunty, ready to go. As I passed my desk, I noticed a text from an inner circle friend sharing that a mutual friend had suddenly passed away. Instinctively,…

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Nature sprouts. People go outside their homes, put on shorts, take off shirts, dig in dirt, jump in water, and feel gleeful in the renewed warmth. After being cooped up, personal media shifts to in-person.  They look over fences, tender a wave, and greet on the street.  Maybe, just maybe, after their sequestration by winter…

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“Just the headlines!” Paige demanded, interrupting me with more brass than a marching band. I’d known her game through years of friendship.  As a retired broadcaster, she gets impatient with lengthy descriptions. “Okay, okay!”  I feigned defeat, waited for her reaction, then went right back to telling the same story, only faster. She tilted her…

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So here I am…a man who never had younger siblings, a man without a child, a man who’s never changed a diaper and gets paranoid around babies…and I’m having lunch with a dear friend and meeting her five-month old son.  I said the standard things — “he’s so cute,” “what a good baby,” “are you…

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