by Eric Alan

September 12, 2020

Some days during this pandemic, it seems like the world has a giant “closed” sign hung upon it. Borders and doors have slammed shut, as travel has become unwise or impossible. Businesses are shuttered on main streets and side streets. Friends remain in their houses, protecting their health and that of their families. Our small-town community can’t gather in the ways that has made it strong. When my mother passed away in… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

August 08, 2020

In times as tumultuous as these, it’s easy to feel like water over rocks: tumbling, crashing, cascading without control onto whatever hard landing waits below. Most people I know have had moments of that feeling, this year. Perspective is elusive. Plans are always made with a caveat; an overriding “if” that reflects uncertainty about what even the next hours will bring.

 

That’s a hard way to live, even if… READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

July 11, 2020

Local blue jays have discovered a forest nesting site they love: under our deck, on top of the floodlights by our basement door. It isn’t what we thought the lights were for, but I celebrate creative survival. Imagination is a great inventor. Repurposing is a beautiful art form.

 

I watch for the jays’ annual arrival. It’s hardly stealthy, given their raucous voices. While constructing their nest, though,… READ MORE

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