Keen Insights Into the Obvious Archive

  • “People help you, or you help them, and when we offer and receive help, we take in each other. And then we are saved.” – Anne Lamott I sat alone […]

    Are you okay?

    “People help you, or you help them, and when we offer and receive help, we take in each other. And then we are saved.” – Anne Lamott I sat alone […]

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  • One of my first official acts as a newly minted 40-year-old was to help my mother pronounce my stepfather dead after a prolonged and terrible brain illness. It was dawn […]

    Tract for the Day of the Dead

    One of my first official acts as a newly minted 40-year-old was to help my mother pronounce my stepfather dead after a prolonged and terrible brain illness. It was dawn […]

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  • At the beginning of the year, I made the aspiration to read fewer Buddhist and self-help books. I bought and started Just Kids by Patti Smith, but I didn’t get […]

    Hope & death & Patti Smith

    At the beginning of the year, I made the aspiration to read fewer Buddhist and self-help books. I bought and started Just Kids by Patti Smith, but I didn’t get […]

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  • So I took the better part of a year to complete the 12 Steps (for codependents). I thought finishing them would crack my life wide open. There were days when […]

    Impermanent impermanence

    So I took the better part of a year to complete the 12 Steps (for codependents). I thought finishing them would crack my life wide open. There were days when […]

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  • Once, when he was two or three, he asked me in earnest, “can I drive?” Now he watches my right knee as we travel through town. “Why does it move […]

    He can do it himself

    Once, when he was two or three, he asked me in earnest, “can I drive?” Now he watches my right knee as we travel through town. “Why does it move […]

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  • “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt […]

    Patience

    “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt […]

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  • I used to bristle when someone told me, “I will pray for you.” It seemed presumptuous. Who were they praying to? And how did they know that their God had […]

    Like a prayer

    I used to bristle when someone told me, “I will pray for you.” It seemed presumptuous. Who were they praying to? And how did they know that their God had […]

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  • I’ll always drive an extra mile for the sake of a reasonably-priced artichoke. In my daily swim through the morass of marketing e-newsletters that are available, I accidentally found an […]

    The John Wayne of Meijer

    I’ll always drive an extra mile for the sake of a reasonably-priced artichoke. In my daily swim through the morass of marketing e-newsletters that are available, I accidentally found an […]

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  • I saw a yellow bumper sticker the other morning. It said, in friendly blue lettering: “You don’t have to believe everything you think” I don’t have any tattoos, but I […]

    Don’t believe what I think

    I saw a yellow bumper sticker the other morning. It said, in friendly blue lettering: “You don’t have to believe everything you think” I don’t have any tattoos, but I […]

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  • There are things in this world you aren’t likely to know until you start spending your time on some kind of aerobic machinery in front of a bank of 8-10 […]

    Things I have learned from the gym

    There are things in this world you aren’t likely to know until you start spending your time on some kind of aerobic machinery in front of a bank of 8-10 […]

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