Norman, my Tie that Binds

Mother used to say I cared more for my animals – over the course of my lifetime a parade of dogs, cats, and horses – than people. That was (and likely still is) true, but the why of it isn’t the point. They connect me to important times and places. Places that matter. Places that […]

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Samuel became King, we learned trust

I drove to South Dakota several years ago to say goodbye to King before he passed and to meet my dear friend Dusty. That’s another story. – Teri The movie Black Beauty opens with the old horse content, lying in a green field and telling a classic tale of loss, sorrow, and redemption. “I remember […]

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Fixing Society: one kid, one adult at a time

Matt Shaughnessy is passionate about seeing change come to the Child Protection System because he lived in it most of his life. I’ve been mulling this over since 2004 when I visited San Quentin with my peers in Ag Leadership’s Class 34. While there I learned that attachment issues are common among most of the […]

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You’re Not the Boss of Me: Contending for Control in California

Have you seen the news lately? Sacramento is a mess. The whole state is. That’s what former Californians (and everyone else) are fond of saying to each other and anyone else who will listen. I never dreamed I’d leave, I thought I’d go back one day, but no. The dye is cast. And while my […]

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Don’t Move: Turning E from Empty to Enough

Boy did I need this. I had a bit of a negative day yesterday. I’ve been discouraged with the slow pace of my knee rehab and that’s colored everything. I’ve been hitting it harder and that’s meant a return to some discomfort. Then yesterday when I got to the gym to ride the bike, the […]

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I Never Planned on Dying: I need to fix that

I’m a future-oriented planner in every area but one: my own death. That needs to change. No, I haven’t been told I’m ill, I’ve no thoughts of suicide. But it’s coming. Eventually. I avoid thinking about death as if I am invincible. I am not. Neither are you. We think it will never happen, though […]

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My Knee, P&Z, and Conditional Uses

Last night was my first in person meeting since total knee replacement surgery last month. Ouch. The doctor said my knee would let me know when I over-do things. It did. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have missed this meeting for anything. Planning and Zoning Commission meetings always remind me how important it is for citizens, […]

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