Category Archives: writing non-fiction

The sloop on motor

In this story of then, long ago, there are just two of us:  a man, wet through, in soaked purple shirt and running shorts, fast-walking through stands of lush trees tossing down by the river; and me, lounging against a … Continue reading

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Confusion

Cr — t and cr — t both have wickets. One’s boring, the other’s chess on the run. Croquet’s wickets I confused with cricket’s, as a kid, so gave cricket a miss for too long. Love it now, though I … Continue reading

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Sketches

I think of plans as promises. Since, all too often, life’s crazinesses interfere with promises, my solution is compromise – I don’t plan tightly. Instead, I sketch ideas share?

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Time and the writer

Compare Elizabeth Rubin’s new NY Times article about Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s President, Karzai in His Labyrinth, with her 2006 article on the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, In the Land of the Taliban. share?

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Afghanistan, Karzai, and the easy-chair critics

Elizabeth Rubin has a new NY Times article about Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan‘s President: Karzai in His Labyrinth She offers a gentle-but-tough, compassionate, and honest view of the incredibly complex nature of Afghani politics, and Karzai’s nature. As excellent as this … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

Of the two marmalades I made this weekend, the grapefruit was the more bitter. The clementine marmalade was lovely to the nose and succulent on the tongue, but the grapefruit felt good in my tummy — it was refreshing and … Continue reading

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Bear and the Art of Life and Death

He looked like a small Siberian husky with a buzz cut. A mix of Siberian, retriever, and hound, he had beagle-shaped, husky-sized ears, and doe eyes. I don’t know why we called him Bear. It had something to do with … Continue reading

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Leap of Faith

though blind for months, you’d still climb onto the divan you shared with your brother, on chill nights. you’d sleep in bliss for hours. waking, you’d stand, shake yourself, move to the edge, and share?

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NYC and politeness

The NY Times online edition was redesigned a couple of weeks ago. On the whole, the redesign is effective, in my opinion. I’ve begun to read the online edition with more care, because the site is now more inviting and … Continue reading

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