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Drugs, food and science

I have been working on this post for a long time. Here in the snowy quiet and peace of Alaska I have finally finished it. I tremble to publish it; I may lose friends and readers. A news story about … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Civil War, Obama’s inauguration and the birth of my great-granddaughter, Ellana

These things may not seem related, but inside my head they all came together last week. Jerry and I have been immersed in the civil war for a couple of months. We have been watching lectures from the Teaching Company, … Continue reading

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Arizona and beyond

Jerry and I went to Arizona.  We were going to look at some property belonging to Jerry’s brother and to see our Arizona lawyer. I was a little nervous about our destination. I know that there are many guns in … Continue reading

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Pleasures, large and small; bothers, mostly small

Jerry and I ventured out in the dark at 5 in the afternoon — I hate this dark time of year — to see the tiny house built by the son, Zack Giffin, of Island friends, Holly and Brian. It … Continue reading

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History and memory

Thanksgiving was great. The food was good and the company — my lawyer daughter and her family and my British-American grandson and his Argentinian-American wife and 2 little ones (who will be all three nationalities) — couldn’t have been  more … Continue reading

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Cruising the canals

I have found it difficult to write about my recent canal trip on the Oxford and Grand Union Canals in England. There are a few reasons (besides general laziness and procrastination). First, the minute we got home to Lummi Island … Continue reading

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Sixes and sevens

The Wikipedia definition of “sixes and sevens” contains the words “confusion, disarray, hazard, risk.” All of these apply. I have not posted on this blog for over a month, the longest quiet period since I started writing here just over … Continue reading

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September sunset

Jerry and I walked to Earl’s memorial: down Granger way and around the corner to Earl and Donna’s yard. The street in front of their house was blocked to through traffic; cars were being parked in the cow pasture next … Continue reading

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Changing times

The middle of August and things are changing on the island. We barely had a summer this year and it’s already rolling on to fall. John and Betsy sold their house and are moving to Texas. John is my second … Continue reading

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Summer, finally

The weather has been strange this summer. In July cold fogs came down in streamers of chilling mist, and between were sudden shots of hot sun. The ferry fog horn would sound most of the morning and the island felt … Continue reading

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