Remembering The Forgotten

CW: PTSD, Suicide A neighbor gave me a gift of a dozen ripe peaches today.  As I stood pondering what to do with them, a memory came back to me, unbidden, of the last conversation I had with my friend, Mike.  He'd just returned home from a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf and... Continue Reading →

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In From the Cold

Winter brings a time of introspection and withdrawal from the outside world. The weather does all that it can to encourage this behavior.  Even as I type this, rime ice coats the surrounding mountain ridges and the temperatures are cold enough that sitting near the window calls for a cozy sweater.  These are the kinds... Continue Reading →

October Revisions

I no sooner finished typing up the October ritual than I realized that it wouldn't be possible to do it as planned this year.  While not as physically demanding as some of my workings, the October ritual can be a bit challenging if I'm under the weather, but I've always managed it.  This year, however,... Continue Reading →

Ritual Calendar – October

I keep tabs on my calendar and to-do lists on a daily basis, but somehow, the end of October still managed to sneak up on me.  The ritual that follows is a highly condensed version of what I do over the course of the week leading up to the festivals of the dead that predominate... Continue Reading →

Breaking the Cycle

"Maybe I have been here before. I know this room. I've walked this floor. I used to live alone before I knew you. I've sen your flag on the marble arch. Love is not a victory march. It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah." - Leonard Cohen, "Hallejuah" Since this refrain has been looping... Continue Reading →

PBP Week 50 – Youth Lost

This is not the post I had intended to write when I sat down yesterday.  The post that I'd already composed in my head was about Yule and the longest night of the year.  There are other things that need to be said in the wake of yesterday's events in Connecticut. To the ferrymen… Ease... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks

Our family celebrated an early Thanksgiving today. My mother’s sisters are in town for the week, their first pilgrimage in twenty years to visit their oldest sibling. Since my brother’s schedule is torn between four kids from two marriages, a girlfriend with two kids of her own, and a demanding work schedule, we all agreed... Continue Reading →

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