Keen Insights Into the Obvious Archive

  • Last night on the freeway I came upon an accident that I must have missed witnessing by less than a minute. The white SUV, flipped on its side on the […]

    Run like you

    Last night on the freeway I came upon an accident that I must have missed witnessing by less than a minute. The white SUV, flipped on its side on the […]

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  • “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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