Monthly Archives: March 2013

The music is back

Four years ago today, desperate and heartsick, I quit drinking. I knew I couldn’t keep on with it. It was making me too ill, too depressed, reclusive, isolated, labile. I cried a lot, life looked hopeless, I felt deeply ashamed. But … Continue reading

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Thursday morning

A bright and lovely morning, and we woke to the intricate chirps and warbles of a mockingbird greeting the dawn. The air is clear after a couple of days of rain, and across the bay the hills loom blue against … Continue reading

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Dancing without music

Up at dawn, watching the sky turn pink, a great orange sun rising above the East Bay hills. I sleep so fitfully lately, it’s rare to wake up feeling rested, but getting up with the sun is still better than … Continue reading

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Memories in place

A bright, breezy morning, the air full of small chirping birds and distant yappy dogs. In my neighbor’s yard next door, a long strand of bougainvillea is reaching for the sky. Soon it will collapse under its own weight, which … Continue reading

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Time passing

Yanked out of deep sleep by an early morning phone call, always that flash of fear when the phone rings in the dark–was there an accident? a death? is it the hospital? the police?–but it was only a friend of … Continue reading

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Quicksilver cures

Sitting here staring at the screen, wanting to write and not having a single thing to say.  Probably it means there’s something looming in the background I don’t want to think about. I’m feeling the urge to bake cookies, rush … Continue reading

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