Au revoir, Mary Oliver, and hello.

Mary Oliver as a young womanI don’t feel that she herself is finished (she’s bound to be collecting new material) [Read more]

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Dead-centered holidays

In many English-speaking countries, the original name, Dia de Muertos, became Dia de los Muertos, through a process called back translation– [Read more]

Ring theory: Comfort IN, dump OUT.

clutching-angel“If you want to scream or cry or complain, if you want to tell someone how shocked you are or how icky you feel, or whine about how it reminds you of all the terrible things that have happened to you lately, that’s fine. It’s a perfectly normal response. Just do it to someone in a bigger ring.”[More….]

Sunset

sunsetjwhatcottI’ve got several posts at various stages in the draft process–I’m waiting to add pictures to some, trying to figure out the direction of others, and working on polishing the language of still others. But the last bit of editing I did was not on one of my own pieces; it was on el Guapo’s eulogy for his father, who died on Friday. He was 95. [More….]

Plane crashes, probability, and fear

Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)Let’s start with the most recent downed commercial flights first: on July 24th, an Air Algerie flight out of Burkina Faso bound for Algiers crashed during a rainstorm, killing 116 passengers and crew. On July 22nd, the crash of a TransAsia flight in Taiwan killed 48 people. On July 17th a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.[More….]