The Tolerable Weight of Existing

The present always seems a little tenuous when it is sure to be interrupted. A parent’s workday in the time of COVID is filled with stops, pauses, excursions, and frustrating conversations about absolutely nothing. Parenting requires that a person patiently marvel at a developing brain and guide it toward socially…
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A Sense

When Adelaide was born, my olfactory awareness disappeared. It may have been a survival tactic my brain imposed upon me to endure the assault of babymade odors. At a certain point, I began to crave synthetic fragrance – a perfume that would rattle the doors to a shuttered library of scents.…
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Start Time

I first learned to garden on the Peninsula of the Pacific Northwest in a soft-shouldered growing season region where the only insurmountable growing challenge is coaxing plants to believe in the sun.  My Maui-born grandfather, who labored day to evening in his vegetable garden, had a list of Port Townsend-specific…
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