Category Archives: The Kindness of Strangers

A Pretty Good Deal

Tweet Hello Dear Friends, Today I was meeting with my friendly used-car dealer, since my beloved Honda, Hi-Ho Silver, is beginning to fail. She’s twelve years old, and has gotten me through some of the toughest times of my life. … Continue reading

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Montana: Full Circle

Tweet “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, … Continue reading

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The Long Road Home

Tweet October 15th, 2012 “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac Hello Friends, I’ve been home for a couple of months now, … Continue reading

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Swimming Upstream: A Sunday Afternoon

Tweet Today I was supposed to go swimming with my friend Linda, but just as I was about to leave, a friend stopped by.  (In the mountains this never happens, and it is both delightful and wreaks havoc on schedules.) She … Continue reading

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Nellie’s Christmas Bounty

Tweet December 27th, 2010 New Year’s Week Hello Friends, Princess Nellie had quite the Christmas! She received dozens of cards and letters from fans as far away as Cambodia, as well as treats and toys from friends and admirers from … Continue reading

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A Little Look Into My Life Right Now

Tweet “They say that these are not the best of times, but they’re the only times I’ve ever known…”  – Billy Joel, “Summer, Highland Falls.” Hello Friends, This afternoon I took a break from working at home in my cottage, … Continue reading

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Armies of Angels or, This is Not a Pain Contest

Tweet October 27th, 2010 Seven Weeks After the Fire Last night at dinner, my friend Sandy Hockenbury was telling me about the effects of stress on the human body.  “Intense bursts of short-term stress are actually good for the brain,” … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Loss

Tweet October 4th, 2010 Four Weeks After the Fire (After reading a previous entry, someone remarked, “You are a Poet of Loss.”) Hello Friends, I am looking into the closet of my tiny bedroom in this tiny cottage, and counting … Continue reading

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Bad Dreams And Good Dreams

Tweet September 21st, 2010 Two Weeks After the Fire Hello Friends, I took Nellie on a walk around my cottage at Chautauqua this evening, as the sky was darkening and the air finally cooling off.  It was as if I … Continue reading

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A River Runs Through It

Tweet September 9th, 2010 Two Days After the Fire Hello Wonderful Friends. I am spending tonight at a small inn by the river in Gallatin, Montana, where they filmed “A River Runs Through It.” Thunderstorms have been rolling across the … Continue reading

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