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Pen Is Mightier: Letters I Wrote This Week

1. To Grace’s karate teacher I’m Grace’s mom, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy watching her in your class and what a great job you do with the kids. It’s the perfect balance of silliness and discipline and I know she has a great time and she will carry those lessons forward. One thing I …

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Spirit: Forms of Forgiveness

This tree in Duekmejian Park is called the McFall Oak. During the Station Fire a couple years ago, firefighters surrounded it while everything else burned. Now the rest of the park has forgiven the fire, and it is moving along with its life. We live in uncertain times. By “we,” I mean we as a world, a nation, a bunch …

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It Never Rains in Southern California

This is my favorite card I’ve made this year. So far. I love rain. I never thought too much about it until I moved to California, where it is a rare commodity, a Big Deal. A healer and a destroyer. It is raining and raining and raining and won’t let up.  I love cranking up the heater and watching movies …

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A Nation of Mediocrity

I don’t talk much about work in this blog. But something struck me today. We work so hard to get renewable energy into California. This is energy that comes from the sun, wind, geothermal, water and cow poop and other organic waste sources. Of course you need to get that energy TO people, via transmission lines. Because everyone so desperately …

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Friday Night and the Lights Are Low …

ABBA performs on Wonderama, 1976. My mother dated Bob McCallister, the host, in the ’80s. He dumped her when he realized she wasn’t rich. Jerk. I remember being about 9 years old, at the height of the Disco Epoch, and imagining my teen and adult life being somewhat like the songs I listed to under my pillow on a Snoopy …

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Law of Attraction

Last night, just as I sheepishly popped a couple two-year old frozen Trader Joe’s burritos into the oven, my neighbor Mia called and invited me over for a beautiful salmon dinner. My cousin Dan (I actually have TWO cousin Dans, but this is the crankier one) hates it when I talk about the Universe (and toxin cleansing), but I think …

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Tonight I wish I had a big declaration to make. I wish I could say I’ve given it all up to move to Montana and open a junk store. A small town, perhaps, where recycling is encouraged, and they need just my brand of savoir faire for a cafe-slash-artspace that I will open. Also, you could buy the stuff in …

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