Category Archives: Life

A Woman of Fewer Words

by cheri I used to be a fast-talker. Nursery rhymes and pithy poems tumbled out of my mouth, one after another in a dizzying pace, like a carousel moving too quickly in its circular motion. As the years themselves tumbled … Continue reading

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Quiet

by cheri sabraw I stood at the counter at Nordstrom Department Store, waiting to pay for two wallets I was buying for gifts. In the background, digitized music pounded out a syncopated rhythm that was undeniably nothing recognizable. It was…just…there…filling … Continue reading

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Mr. Churchill, the painter

by cheri sabraw I’m not sure when it occurred to me to begin painting my photographs. But in doing so, new neural pathways of thought are growing  like spring jasmine tendrils. I am not at the helm of  my frenetic … Continue reading

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On the road to Oklahoma

by cheri My husband flew to Flagstaff, Arizona, last night to hook up with his high-school buddy, who is driving to Oklahoma to inspect the oil wells his father left him and his brother. Evidently, one well is not producing. … Continue reading

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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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