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Just saying, about writing …

I’m writing all the time, my fingers on the keyboard like a runner’s feet on the treadmill. I’ve been in Maine as sole proprietor of Word Sharpener for nearly six years and I’m the victim of my own success. Sure … Continue reading

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Eulogy for my Mother

A true Baltimorean author, Anne Tyler, opens “Dinner at the Homesick Hotel” about a dying mother speaking with her heartsick son. “You should have got an extra mother,” she can barely say to him. “How shortsighted of you,” or so … Continue reading

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Ending Welfare

Exactly two decades after the first (I hope) President Clinton signed a massive welfare reform bill that ended an entitlement in place since the New Deal to take care of the poor, poverty is still very much a national deal. … Continue reading

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No mom, I’m not sending you to camp.

But I might as well be, for all the hoopla it takes to place an elderly parent in assisted living. I’ve filled out enough forms about her culinary likes and dislikes, preferred activities, and her background to make me consider–really … Continue reading

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Bartlet for America

I confess, I disappeared into Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing series for much of the past year. Thanks to Netflix, I could come home at night and watch an episode, trade in the day’s political reality for an evening’s political fantasy. … Continue reading

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Emma at rest

Truth be told, Emma entered our lives somewhat like that unexpected child who suddenly appears in your life, tugging at your heart and at your patience. I didn’t intend that morning nearly 12 years ago to get a dog. It … Continue reading

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Winter morn in Maine

I have neither a clock nor curtains in my bedroom. One tells me too much; the other tells me nothing. Upon waking, I’d much rather roll over in bed and gaze outside my bare windows. If I look out and … Continue reading

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Meet me at the Narrows – Part I

Every small town should have a tavern where people can collect with as much identify as they choose to reveal. They come with names like Bo, who is currently banned for unruly behavior, or Bo Bo, who lives in the … Continue reading

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Shedding the past, skirt by skirt

  I’m not the woman in this photo anymore. See me pushed up against the wall by men in suits, my hands crossed, pant-suit legs together, and note my totally resigned grin. See me now: sitting in my Word Sharpener … Continue reading

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Things left behind

I have many more friends in Maine than I did in Washington. Perhaps that’s no surprise. This is an environment more receptive to the interpersonal:  basic, kind treatment of others. In these coastal Northern New England communities, people are our … Continue reading

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