A Sweet Disgrace

  My grandmother learned to drive in snow country but even the best drivers slide on ice. Late one November, wearing a dress and heels, Grandma headed to a church potluck with two pumpkin pies nestled carefully in the passenger seat beside her. Even for Idaho, the weather was bad. Snow had fallen, then melted, and now was freezing on

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She Held Us Together

Laura Louise Foster Powell 1923-2007 Mother of 3, Grandmother of 5, Great-grandmother of 8 and Great-great grandmother of 2. But she was more than just the sum of her descendants. Tiny as a bird with a spine of steel, Laura raised three daughters working long hours in the aeronautics industry to support them. She loved fine food, beautiful jewelry, a

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Turkeys in the Fog

In large gobbling flocks, wild turkeys strut unconcerned through the hills of Humboldt. Some of them taunt our dog by gawking at her from the ridges on either side of the house. They know no fear. Like the counter culture hippies who moved here in the early seventies, the birds are not native to Northern California. Turkeys, like the white

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Never a Dull Moment

I’ll bet you’ve heard of effervescent water—sparkling expensive liquid silver. But the other night I learned of dull water. What is that? Well… Redheaded moppet tangled in bed covers peeks out. “Mom, I’m thiiiiirstyyyy.” “There’s a glass of water on the window sill from last night.” “Noooooooooooooo, Mo-om, that water is dull, dull, dull!” Though never having heard it described

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