True North

Not so long ago, I wrote about community, about gathering together to shine a little light. Like families, some communities exist because of proximity, or a specific current urgency (an election, for example), or because of existing relationships, or because you fall in and they love you and keep you and why would you want [...]

Area Woman Has Cold Hands

Teen Demolishes Mother in Battle of Musical Earworms In a entirely expected triumph, clever Teen (16) overcame predictable Mom (50) in a battle of the earworms early this morning. Mom came out strong in the first hours of the morning with the Carpenters' "Close to You," but she was easily bested by Teen's "You'll be Back," [...]

Holding a place

Today as the dog and I were walking on a early-February-dressed-as-late-March day, I thought to myself, Of course! It's all geography! And then set my feet on the homeward path knowing I'd know what I was talking about when I got back home. But I didn't. All I remember is the feeling of ah ha! [...]

If there’s one thing you can count on…

https://i.imgur.com/iMt9E.jpg Mt. Erebus, photo by Anthony Powell ... come November, if I'm writing here, I'm going to mention that chilly word: Antarctica. So here we are, and the story this time is Ernest Shackleton's. Surely you've heard of him and his polar exploits: his farthest south (along with our old friends Scott and Wilson) as [...]