Tag: fathers

  • Misplaced Sense of Shame

    Misplaced Sense of Shame

      Alienation. To be estranged, hostile or indifferent, especially where attachment formerly existed. We most typically think of alienation as the thing that occurs when couples separate or divorce. Alienation always precedes such break-ups. Bookstores have a wide swath of self-help books for those dealing[..]
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  • What Remains

    What Remains

      It barely made headlines, what with all the political corruption underway between the Executive and Legislative branches. But it did warrant at least space in some newspapers as we closed out 2020 and welcomed 2021:   The remains of a girl between ages 6½[..]
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  • If Wishes Were Horses…

    If Wishes Were Horses…

    There are times when grief feels selfish. Today for instance, on the seventh anniversary of my mother's passing. It feels like an act of selfishness to even admit that I associate the holidays with her death, and that such an association leaves me feeling conflicted.[..]
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  • The Glory of Transformation

    The Glory of Transformation

    Bean has been at our place for the past several days while his momma and Pa hike the Wallowa Mountains. This is an annual thing with Pa and his girls, this hiking into the high lakes of the Wallowas. Much to my life-long regret, my[..]
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  • A Fortunate Girl

    A Fortunate Girl

    The roads are slick with snow and ice. The sky is grey and foreboding. Holed up here in my office, thinking of Karly Sheehan. Today is her birthday. Or the day that marks what is her 15th birthday, although Karly died at age 3. Tortured,[..]
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