Monthly Archives: September 2011

Commack: Robin

Dad is at work.  Mom has gone out for a while, leaving me in charge of my two brothers.  It’s a sun-drenched June morning. Tommy and Reid are outside playing in the sandbox with trucks and cranes. Suddenly they come … Continue reading

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Commack: The Neighborhood

I’m nine, ten, eleven, going on twelve years old, living in Commack, a small farming community on Long Island. I live in a house my dad built and one we’ll spend several years living in.  It’s the early 1950s. On … Continue reading

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Thoughts While On Retreat

Last night a hard rain with lightning and thunder.  This morning the sun rises before me, filling the day with a brilliance that seems to happen only after a late summer downpour.  The air swept clean of yesterday’s heaviness, welcomes … Continue reading

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Going On Retreat

There’s nothing like going on retreat, and that’s what I’ll be doing this coming week. I expect to do a lot of walking, writing, reading, drawing, and contemplating.  It will be a quiet time.  A time to get up early … Continue reading

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On Forgiveness

This is what I do know:  until you forgive someone as close as a mother, you are at war with yourself, you continue to gnaw that leg of yours caught in a trap.  Why are you at war with yourself? … Continue reading

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My New Year …

Most people celebrate the New Year on January 1st.  I do celebrate then too, but it is September 1st, that is the true New Year’s Day for me.  I think it has something to do with loving school and learning. … Continue reading

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