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Conversation Hearts

posted Friday January 21st, 2011


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My Isolated Opinion

posted Saturday January 15th, 2011

I don’t know that I have anything to say about what happened in Tucson that has much more meaning than anything anyone else has to say, but a very nice editor at the Washington Post insisted otherwise, and this piece I wrote will appear in the paper’s Outlook section tomorrow. It could have happened anywhere — […]


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Back to the whole Family Guy thing. I know I said we should leave Sarah Palin out of it, but of course you know I didn’t really mean it. I mean, I did want to figure out whether that Down syndrome Girl episode was funny or not, on its face (general consensus from admittedly biased […]


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“Santa’s Days are Numbered”

posted Friday December 11th, 2009

It’s sort of amazing that Annabelle’s still even pretending, given my thoughts three Christmases ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Here is a radio essay I did for the local NPR affiliate in 2006 on the whole believing thing.


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A Prayer for Cynthia Clark Harvey

posted Friday November 6th, 2009

The second part of my series “The Lost Kids” is out this week. The day before the story came out, a Facebook friend across the country posted a really beautiful quote from “A Prayer for Owen Meaney” by John Irving. I found it an odd coincidence. The story of Cynthia Clark Harvey’s struggle to get […]


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Butterflies.

posted Monday November 2nd, 2009

You know that Bare Naked Ladies song “If I Had a Million Dollars?” Well, if I had a million dollars, I’d spend it the way Maxine and Jonathan Marshall did. Their Marshall Fund brings smart book authors and well-versed poets to town on a regular basis. And twice a year, the butterflies come, too. The […]


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Things have gone a little John Hughes around here this week. The other day I had lunch with two dear girlfriends I don’t get to see very often, women I met once I moved back to Phoenix. We talked about recent purchases at Last Chance, recent travels, and recent blog posts. “Wow, you’re so brave!” […]


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They Invited Everybody…

posted Friday May 15th, 2009

…and everybody came. I don’t know if the latter will hold true, but the former certainly is. Sophie’s entire class is invited to her birthday party tomorrow. No matter what she tells you. Yesterday afternoon — after the local NPR commentary I did about her birthday was long in the can — my friend Vicki (mother of […]


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Arizona Legislator Linda Gray is the "R" Word

posted Thursday March 19th, 2009

Boy, do I wish I used that word disparagingly. Because it really applies here. Just the other day, an out-of-stater remarked (again) that she just doesn’t understand my state of Arizona — a place where you can have Down syndrome but not qualify for services for the developmentally disabled. Yeah, I don’t understand it either. Maybe State […]


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Mouse in a Party Hat

posted Friday March 13th, 2009

I’m sitting perfectly still at my computer, but the room is rocking — back and forth, back and forth, back and…. It’s not a completely unpleasant sensation, which is good, since I’m not sure how long it will last. I do know how it started. I knew better than to agree to ride Mulholland Madness […]


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