Auto-Focus

Auto-Focus

My husband hands me his “real” camera for the first time. I peek through the viewfinder at silky white desert primrose petals swaying in the warm breeze. Coyotes yip in the distance as the peachy lemon sun glow melts into the ruddy-faced mountaintop.  I click the...
3-PLY Life Plan

3-PLY Life Plan

I wanted to be a nurse. Until I found out I had to take—and get A’s in—math way beyond algebra to get in. I failed pre-algebra in high school. There was no way I was going to be a nurse. I had a hard childhood. I was “cheated” out of all things normal and...
Why We Write

Why We Write

When words, like hearts are set in stone, We pry them out, but not alone, We line them up in careful rows, One of us reaps, and the other one sows. And that seed reaches beyond our sight, As sprouting roots await the light, We wonder if we’ve sown in vain, As tears...
Little Black Raven

Little Black Raven

Raven, little black Raven, You gotta catch those tears from heaven, And learn to fly. No more waitin’ for that old wind to be just right, You just spread your wings and keep on singing, Keep singing into the night. He’s gonna carry you, Child, Carry you along, But...
Saints of Sorts – The Inside Story

Saints of Sorts – The Inside Story

Have you ever met an invisible person? Have you ever felt “invisible,” like the clock is ticking and you’re just breathing without meaning? Do you ever wake up and wish you hadn’t? I asked my primary care patients that question. 19 out of 22 said yes. Seven said...