Category Archives: Life

Jessica Mitford: Here I come!

by cheri I’ve decided to rescue my mother and father’s ashes from their joint grave at the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery in Hayward, California. How  to do this, I am not sure.  And I suppose I ought to run … Continue reading

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The sounds and hearts of the winged

by cheri sabraw When I was ten, I spent most of a morning fashioning a set of golden wings. Akin to making a kite, which my father Hugh had taught me to do, I designed a balsa wood skeleton, added … Continue reading

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A circus tent

by cheri sabraw A tall handsome man with grey hair, nice teeth, and a positive attitude arrived at my house this morning to turn off our propane so that a fumigation company can tent our house (and kill all of … Continue reading

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Our Committee

by cheri sabraw Within our minds, like a corral full of transhumant donkeys and their shepherds,  a committee resides. The committee is influential, detrimental, and experimental. Not everyone has the same size committee. The more members you have, the harder … Continue reading

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How to live a real life, revisited

by cheri block sabraw Five years have passed since I wrote How to Live  a Real Life, the post that every year since has been read  more than any other post I have ever written. Upon revisiting this post this … Continue reading

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Reflection 2016

  by cheri block sabraw I looked in the magnifying mirror  yesterday.   In my eyes, I detected an alertness that made me wonder if such spirit portended fear and survival or curiosity and wonder. Though I would like to believe … Continue reading

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There is balm in Gilead

    by the Maven Once upon a morning, grimly, while I stretched, stiff and dimly, Over plenty a  cushioned yoga mat of yore, While I extended, deeply fetching, suddenly there came a kvetching, As of someone gently etching, etching … Continue reading

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My machinations

by cheri block Nineteen days after my 10th birthday, I hunkered down in our darkish den to watch the Twilight Zone. With me, were my eight-year-old brother Stevie and my four-year-old sister, Cindy. My mother had just given birth to … Continue reading

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Dudes. The sky is not falling.

by cheri sabraw Sometimes elections do not go our way. Sometimes they do. It’s the ebb and flow of our democracy in which, unfortunately, Maturity and Critical Thinking are not mandated by our Constitution. I remember when Obama secured his … Continue reading

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A mint julep

by cheri Last week, we stopped in a college town, San Luis Obispo, on our way south. At a local coffee shop at the end of Higuera Street, I waited in line for a dark brew for me and a … Continue reading

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