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Author Archive: cconifer

Something Stolen

When I think of things that are stolen, I picture cat burglars & jewels, like Cary Grant opposite  Grace Kelly. Smooth, sleek, smart & debonair. Or the murder mystery heist: blood pooling under the pajama-wearing master of the house, shadows stark along the floor… and yet, other ‘things’ are stolen that are less visible, less …

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IF ONLY

If only we’d gotten that house in Corbett, we’d be home by now! If only we’d bought land back in the ’90s when we were looking. If only I’d stuck with writing all those years ago, I’d be published by now! If only I was calm, confident, & peaceful… If onlys get in the way …

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give thanks

So much to be thankful for and no time to express it! take a moment & the computer eats words, and yet… such an important emotional activity to be relegated to one day a year. I give thanks for Ryan, and for Deb who raised him; that he is so lovely with Em & Cas, …

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It’s May: the month of yes you may!

Yesterday was May Day and memories filled my mind of making may baskets with my mom & siblings out of whatever came to hand. We’d fill the old fruit baskets, or construction paper cones, with popcorn, small candies & sticks of wrigley’s gum, with some violets to represent the spring, we’d plan who got each …

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I’ve Got Rhythm!

In the words of the great bard, “ a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…” and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre is a rose that could use another name: what a mouthful!  My daughters were inspired to take me there for my birthday to see STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Tennessee Williams’ tour de force from …

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New Deal

Here’s the plan: fire the government. They are not doing their job properly; in fact, they are keeping a lot of folks from properly doing their job or getting paid for the job they do. I cannot believe how the House decided to hold the government hostage to passing a budget. In fact, I find …

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jivin’ with james

  My computer has a virus! Or, so I’ve been told by James, who called me out of the blue today from “windows tech support” because of all the error messages my computer has been sending them. “Windows tech support?” I said, “Since when does windows tech support call me?” He was very reassuring & …

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Pay your Taxes?

It’s April 15th:  taxday:  did you pay? I paid my 2012 taxes today, filling out the complicated forms with my own savvy & judgment, adding up receipts & garnering information from my online bank accounts. I have always done my own taxes, feeling that, as a U.S. citizen, I have not only the duty, but …

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E Malama I Na Kohola (save the whales)

“Thar she blows!”  Fingers & cameras point to the 10 o’clock position in front of the surging boat.  Unsure as to the sex of the animal, some joke that maybe it should be said that, “Thar he blows” what everyone is sure of is that there is a whale up ahead.  We are on a …

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once there was gus

There once was a kitty named Gustav Klimt, who lived in the land of Corbett, at the end of salzman road.   His hair was long & orange, his eyes a glowing green & everywhere that Gus-Gus went the day was brighter & more serene.  Gussy was a pacifist & picked on by local feral …

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