Siberian Cranes

Yesterday while I stood on a small island in Poyang Lake, China, six Siberian cranes in glistening white with black wing tips circled overhead on midday thermals. Like fellow humans…

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Rancher

I am a retired rancher in my 90s, having operated for many years a ranch some 50 miles from Glasgow, Montana.  Hunters from Glasgow drove through the ranch and crossing…

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Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see

My husband and I have a Sunday tradition of either buying someone a meal or giving a waitress a hefty tip.  On Mother’s Day this year, we went to breakfast at…

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Kitten

I got to know a good, honest, and gentle young man who suffers from a psychological illness that makes him believe in enemies and evils that don’t exist. He’s been…

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Venice Boulevard and La Brea

One morning we were sitting at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and La Brea during rush hour traffic. It’s an intersection that divides this particular part of town into low…

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A broken side mirror

I was in love, broke, and alone. My boyfriend of 5 years, housemate and doggy adoption partner, had just split with me. It was a particularly shaky morning as I…

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As A Parent

As a parent, I always hear the slow ticking of the clock on the years I have remaining where my children are… children. It may seem a bit bleak, but,…

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Guillermo

Guillermo was a homeless man who lived in our alley when I was about 9. He never caused any trouble and kept to himself. My mother and a couple neighbors…

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Can I buy you a coffee

So I was standing in line at a 7/11 and I had a cold drink called an Arizona in my hand. My turn was up at the front counter. I…

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Feeding Our Friends

It was a while ago that it happened, but the story still stays with me to this day. I was with my mom, and we had gone to Walmart to…

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Living in New York City is never easy

Living in New York City is never easy. Finding a good apartment that you can afford tops the list of challenges. After all the struggles of locking in our perfect first apartment, the…

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Her Name is Jane

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