Monthly Archives: November 2013

Leaf Purgatory

Air heavy from recent drizzle, It’s overcast and surprisingly warm for late October. The neighbor’s walnut tree is barren. Our linden sheds floating leaves; Various maples are deciding when to lose theirs. Magically, a small leaf from the snowball bush … Continue reading

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A November morning walk with Neville (photos)

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Scared and Sacred

Within us is a scared place… A tiny room only we hold the key to, Even though the world viciously attacks that door with crowbars And the prisoners inside scream for release. These are demons of self-loathing and anxiety; Unresolved … Continue reading

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Changing Clocks & Migrating Blackbirds

Today, we awoke to our first Daylight Savings Time Sunday.  We had reset an essential clock or two back an hour before going to bed, and will spend the rest of the week readjusting clocks on walls, stoves, cars, etc.  … Continue reading

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The Bible, God, and Dogs

Biblical references to dogs are mostly disparaging and blasphemous. “Canine scavengers” and “evil dogs” are terms that appear.  “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly,” we learn in Proverbs.   The only … Continue reading

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Guardian Angel

Guardian angels?  I’d heard of them, but had never experienced them personally until Father’s Day, 1996.  That afternoon, we were carrying out our final basement loads and cleaning up as we concluded our move from northeast Des Moines to our … Continue reading

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