Monthly Archives: October 2010

“Anything but Chews”

Herefollows a story intended to demonstrate how asking for what you don’t want can bring you exactly that. My mother, Katherine Faulconer (1916-2000) was an actress in Southern California, performing in local live theater well into her eighties.  She was gracious, talented and absolutely indefatigable.  … Continue reading

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On Getting and Giving

Despite the prevalence of stories to the contrary, it is my contention that we are not predominantly motivated by the desire to get.  I believe that we are primarily and deeply inspired to give, to contribute something uniquely from us and … Continue reading

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The Priceless Gift

Last week, my friend C. asked me for some new ideas for gift-giving at her annual holiday party.  Her guests, all well-heeled and comfortably ensconced in houses filled with things, neither needed nor wanted any more stuff.  And yet, up until now, … Continue reading

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The Genre of Your Story

Nothing we tell another person is ever a brand new thought.  It has already cycled, at least once, through our own minds; welled up in response to sensations to formulate first in our imaginations. And as we prepare to let these thoughts escape our … Continue reading

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On Death and Preparing to Die

Last weekend, a dear friend’s daughter, K., took her own life.  She was a lovely human being who blessed many lives, including those of her partner and her partner’s three children. K. was also someone who idly toyed with the idea of … Continue reading

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