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Welcome to my blog, a quasi-weekly column on topics and issues that have my attention, or that are intended to inform or inspire--including the following reminder:

"Realize why you're here, and be about it!"

City boots vs. country boots

City boots vs. country boots

These are my favorite boots at home in Santa Barbara.  I like the way they look, plus they’re comfortable for walking and their smooth soles are great for dancing. 

They’re not the kind of cowboy boots bonafide cowgirls wear around horses though.


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A little good news

A little good news

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the disaster scenarios being described on the nightly news, reinforcing the knowledge that we face some very real national and global challenges.

So it is particularly refreshing to consider the prognosis of the folks at the Berkana Institute (www.berkana.org).  Berkana calls the illustration at left a depiction of their “emergence theory.” 


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No on Proposition 8


No on Proposition 8

I don't intend to turn this into a political blog, so here's my last political entry for awhile.  (I think.)  

I just want to say four things in defense of gays' right to marry. 

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Can you imagine

Can you imagine...

Can you imagine what would happen if a female Democratic candidate for national public office left a special needs child at home to fulfill her political ambitions?  The outroar from conservatives?  The cries of crimes against the very institution of motherhood?    

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The last debate

October 16, 2008

The last debate 

Omigod!  Did you see Obama in last night’s debate?  I usually can’t watch; can hardly stand to listen. 

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Country life and water

October 12, 2008

Country life and water

Water is one of the things people are willing to fight over in rural Washington.   (They actually fight about it all over the world, but most of us are removed from the fray.) 

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Rural Washington says NO to bailout

October 11, 2008

Rural Washington says NO to the Wall Street bailout; George Soros explains what it means

The Wall Street bailout got a resounding NO from rural Washington.  Although I doubt that most of my Washington neighbors understood that it wasn’t really Wall Street they were bailing out—


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Country life

October 10, 2008

Country life

Every time Micheal and I come to work on our property in Washington I get lessons in country living.  I’m quite sure I’m entertainment for our rural neighbors and the good townspeople of Twisp, the nearest community. 

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Forty acres

October 1, 2008

Forty acres

Three years ago, my husband and I bought 40 acres in north central Washington’s Methow Valley.  Driven from my native California by the spectacular price of real estate, we’d taken two location-hunting expeditions north and east in search of other residential possibilities.



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