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It’s March – It’s Women’s History Month, so I’m making a change

It’s March – It’s Women’s History Month, so I’m making a change

I’m on a bit of a history jag. I’ve been thinking about how bits of history get lost. At times this is done intentionally, but mostly it slips through the cracks. It is the words or actions that aren’t written down. It’s the modesty that is nice to experience in a time that can be [...]

An exceptional day in an exceptional season

An exceptional day in an exceptional season

Well the calla lilies aren’t in bloom but this bush certainly is. The alternating heat and rain has been good for a lot of our plants. Not so cold as to kill, not so dry as to leave deeply parched. When I step out my little cement patio the succulents seem happy. Given my inclination [...]

Los Deportados – a simple lesson

Los Deportados – a simple lesson

So what to do with a history that is forgotten? Shorter answers – listen to a story, share that story, write a story, write a book. Support someone who is teaching history. Incorporate history in the things you do. These three young women were a part of the Harmonies Girls Choir that performed at La [...]

Los Deportados – some stories

Los Deportados – some stories

My parents shared stories that were filled with the WPA, the CCCs, high school dances, and making tortillas. From my parents I heard stories about the Charleston, being stationed in Japan, dealing with Pancho Villa, as well as rubber and sugar rationing. The stories that were shared yesterday were every bit as specific but were [...]

Los Deportados – A little known chapter in U.S. History

Los Deportados – A little known chapter in U.S. History

Recently I wrote about Fred T. Korematsu – who did not go gently to the WWII Japanese Internment Camps. He among others felt it was not the American Way to maltreat a group of people who were a part of the United States. I have to wonder how he felt, if he knew, about the [...]

Ash Wednesday 2012

Ash Wednesday 2012

Today is Ash Wednesday. Some years I make it to church to receive ashes, some years I don’t. This year I made it. I can never decide if I appreciate ritual and tradition because I grew up with it or if I would have missed it had I not been surrounded by it. I think [...]

Thanks to the helicopters

Thanks to the helicopters

It was the sound of the helicopters that brought me outside this morning. I can ignore them when they are flying by, when they hover near the foothills I know that something is up. I suspect I’ll find out later why they were hovering. In the meantime I’m thankful for their sound and my needing [...]

And a plant in every pot

And a plant in every pot

My mom used to give free history lessons at almost the drop of a hat. They were the best sorts of lessons since she was sharing parts of her life with me. Over time each story became like an embellishment to the facts I was supposed to be learning in my history classes. The experiences [...]

F01

F01

Our washing machine has not been working well with any sort of consistency. We start a load and then the machine reads out – F01 – and quits spinning. Less than endearing words are shared with anyone in the general vicinity. A few days pass and then we call the repairman. We’ve actually been visited [...]

A little bit me, a little bit you*

A little bit me, a little bit you*

It wasn’t intentional, but there it was. Collections of things that made sense grouped together – sort of like with like. Here was a group of things that were more muted in tone, more nature related, and simple lines with space between them. Then on the other column lots of color, not lacking in gelt, [...]

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