Ice Bucket Challenge

My Dad and ALS

My Dad and ALS first appeared on Medium. My dad was an intelligent and well-read man, active and physically strong, who loved to have long discussions on many topics. At the age of 78, he began to slur his words.  This first indication something was amiss was passed off by everyone who knew Dad as […]

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The Night Visitor

The Night Visitor

The dream started like others. I was in my bedroom, but I could not tell if it was the child-me that usually inhabited this dream, or whether it was a different me. This room was not at all like the bedroom where I grew up. That one was small and dark, and the bunk bed […]

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Little Lies and Lifetime Consequences

Momma taught me good. She told me that I should never tell a lie. That being truthful was the only way to grow up and be a real good person that would do great things in the world. But you know, sometimes it’s hard not to tell a lie. It could be just a small […]

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Snow bunny

How to Capture an Irresistible Snow Bunny

January is a pretty cold month here on the prairies. The days are often clear, with bright blue skies that stretch from horizon to horizon. But its a cold blue. And the winds from the north pole can freeze your eyeballs in a few minutes if you don’t keep blinking. It was one of those […]

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afternoon with a shaman

An Afternoon with the Shaman

  The bus turns off the Pan-American Highway onto a cobblestone road that runs straight, up the lower field-covered flanks of Imbabura volcano. Tan adobe houses, surrounded by muddy adobe-walled yards where chickens and black pigs wander, appear between the fields of tall corn entwined with climbing beanstalks. Their tiled roofs, grey with age, sprout […]

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Inner Hero’s Journey

The Inner Hero’s Journey Every story has a hero, and every hero has their own unique inner hero’s journey. The main character of your story will always go through trials and make difficult decisions. They may take new risks, leave behind a life of problems, or begin a new life far removed from their old one. But unless you, […]

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