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No One Gets Out Alive

  I was going to say that I’ve been thinking a lot about death of late, but really I think death has been making me think about life. Or more specifically, how to live. Influenced by a recent series of guided meditations along with some concentrated reading of Eckhart Tolle, I’ve been practicing “being in... Continue Reading →

Saved from the Jaws of Death by the Jaws of Life: a love of telling stories + a penchant for preserving history + social media + a father’s legacy = a quite unexpected journey

July 15, 1951: on a quiet Sunday morning in an otherwise sleepy farming community, a dry hot wind was kicking up the dust and dry grass as the heat index started to rise. Just outside of town, in the shadow of the iconic Scotts Bluff National Monument, a large group had gathered and a boy... Continue Reading →

Dharma South Philly Style or How to Make an Omelet

Over the years my husband and I have developed a tradition of writing down our resolutions along with a few goals to help us start to move in our chosen direction…some are joint, some are individual. This time last year I have to admit we were both fairly miserable. My husband was in crisis mode... Continue Reading →

Salt of the Earth

Recently I have noticed a rise in discussions on whether or not a woman should keep her maiden name when she gets married. When I was in college in the early 1980's I had a particularly broad-minded professor who had taken on his wife’s name by hyphenating both together. With gay couples now able to... Continue Reading →

What’s In A Name (Part 1)

What does one do when they’ve been given a family name, a weighty name—a name bestowed through multiple generations—that doesn’t feel quite comfortable to bear? Such is the case for my husband. He was named George Diller Herr, III. This was never a name he thought much of or has been particularly attached to. He... Continue Reading →

The Leukemia Card: Yeah, I played that.

  One year and six days ago I received an unexpected diagnosis. I stood at the edge of the cliff and looked straight down into the abyss. It was terrifying. And then it wasn’t. It was a little over a year previous to that diagnosis that I had stood with my feet on a narrow... Continue Reading →

The Poetry in Playlists

My fiction writing is inspired by many things…places I’ve visited, people I’ve met, art (especially photography), history and ancestry, and most especially music. I can never imagine not having music playing as I write. It sets the mood…it puts me in the mood. Like a meditation, the songs pull me deeper and deeper into the... Continue Reading →

Now We Are Six

In 1927 A. A. Milne published a book of silly poetry entitled “Now We Are Six.”  In his introduction Milne stated that “…the name of the book doesn’t mean that this is us being six all the time, but that it is about as far as we’ve got at present, and we half think of... Continue Reading →

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