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  • Because she could

    Each year, Women’s History Month highlights amazing, adventurous, iconoclastic women. And, each year, I think of my great-aunt Rena. Feisty and independent, Irene “Rena” Harrison was born on Aug. 12, 1900 in Usal, California. Her parents were, technically, Finnish immigrants. I say “technically,” because I...
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  • Metallic silver lining

    “I can’t wait for 2016 to end.” Frequently posted comment on social media Indeed, this year has certainly borne witness to startling events. Over 145 iconoclasts have died, such as Senator Dale Bumpers, David Bowie, Zaha Hadid, Umberto Eco, Harper Lee, Muhammed Ali, George Martin,...
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  • Thank you

    Each Memorial Day, my grandmother would pick flowers from her garden and take them to the cemetery, where she would place them on relatives’ graves. If we were in town for a visit, my father and l would accompany her. They would share memories as...
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  • Fairy tales

    During a Lifetime show several years ago, the then-editor of Jane magazine shared her childhood memories of a fairy tale. “When I read the ending, where she ended up with the prince, I thought, ‘That’s it? After all of that, she only gets a man?’”...
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  • Check it out

    This afternoon, I attended a library event that not only showcased local authors, but also offered tips to create handcrafted book covers. The Local Author Festival was held in The Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at Sacramento, California’s central branch. The original library building opened in 1918...
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  • I am the best aunt

    Since they were small children, each holiday I have mailed my niece and nephew a card, with a small item inserted inside. The mail offered something special, just for them; little surprises, appropriate for the particular holiday. Of course, when they were small, the items...
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  • Equality, the new math

    “What woman inspired you?” That question was posed today, National Women’s Day, and I couldn’t think of anyone. It’s not as if I haven’t known, heard, or read about impressive women. But, inspired? Well, there must be someone, I thought. This is ridiculous. I mentally...
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  • The scarlet letter, repurposed

    My progressive mother decided I should choose the religion that worked best for me, and so introduced me to three different neighborhood offerings: Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopalian. I don’t recall which one we visited first, but I do remember listening to an orating priest/minister/pastor, and...
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  • Don’t blink

    “Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss As with all the previous years, 2015 captured thousands of moments; some cherished, and some we’d rather forget. It’s easy to remember the bigger moments, such as...
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