Ants have lives too!”

Ants have lives too!”

My son, age 11, came storming in the door on the verge of tears. He’d just met some new kids in the neighborhood, and they’d gathered in our driveway, where a colony of ants had created their home between the concrete and the grass lawn. Cedar and I had...
Femininity: Rejection and Redemption

Femininity: Rejection and Redemption

By the age of 5, I had already firmly rejected my femininity, having at some level decided that girly-ness equated to weakness — and weak, I was NOT. In kindergarten, the most rowdy boy went around lifting up the girls’ skirts and peering underneath,...
your mask, your psyche, your truth.

your mask, your psyche, your truth.

The psychological impact of COVID is likely to take far longer to recover from, than the virus itself. I passed a group of hikers who were moving slowly on this trail… all of them wearing masks. And my heart hurt. Because the whole mask issue has become yet another...

July 4th: Story of Freedom or Fear?

Twenty-some years ago, I wrote my master’s thesis on the topic of the Fourth of July.  As a student of the history of the American West, I looked at how different communities celebrated this national holiday in 1876, the centennial celebration of the birth of the...