musings, memoir, life in the mountains

Just Thinking...

Just Thinking...
October 04
~ welcome! ~ I'm Anna Herrington ~ aka Anna F. aka Mom aka Nana aka 'JT...,' aka Writer. and NaNoWriMo fan ~ Photographs my own unless noted ~ To see all posts, click on 'Just Thinking...' above, and scroll ~ Writing here at Open Salon since June 2010 ~ Also writing at (my link, below), in 'A Different Perspective' collection ~ writing submissions there are welcome. ~


MARCH 10, 2015 3:49AM

Textures of a Walk ~ a photo essay

At the top of the hill I see...
 (Wanna' come see my photo essay, 'Textures of a Walk'  ?)
I've been having fun playing with photography capabilities at Medium, lately. And reading some cool pieces from writers and photographers over there.
Some rec… Read full post »
JANUARY 6, 2015 3:48AM

New Year's Walk

DECEMBER 23, 2014 3:55AM

Two White Bowls

They are simple bowls, smooth, white porcelain, vertical sides with rounded lip, sturdy - the stamp on the bottom says '1951' in black-bold numerals printed in a no-nonsense font. 

The shining stack of white entranced me when I first saw it, enough that I stood beside, taking a bowl from the… Read full post »

12:30pm, 18 December 2014

"I don't know," I hear my oldest son say through the phone, as if it is his reply to every question asked - which likely it is - for he and his partner/girlfriend are awaiting the birth of their second child.

She will be Lilly. Lilly Noel.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2014 1:33PM

Tr ig, Nana and Jaime's Mom

Yesterday I noticed a comment on Dr. Bramhall's blog about cancer that tr ig had left.

He and nana's mom - and Jaime's - had suddenly died, from an infection while undergoing chemo.

Tr ig and I had just PMed a couple days before - she had been doing so well… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 4:03AM

Moments on the Way to a Funeral

The phone call gave no clue of its importance in heralding the beginning of the end - only in hindsight did her one remark seem so significant:  "You are going to bring that boy by in his Easter suit, aren't you?"

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Apparently, humans' obsession with preternaturally large asses is not a new thing.

Photos of the Redhead Goddess figurine from approximately 6000-5500BC.
The ample-assed 'goddess' is an unusually large figurine, twice as laRead full post »
OCTOBER 30, 2014 5:24PM

Because There's this Story, See...


Written in response to, "Why are you doing NaNoWriMo?"  This piece first published at


Because there's this story, see...

and maybe it's more than one story. A series of stories. I don't know, but the characters are starting to get loud. 

So far, I haven't written a… Read full post »

Turning left off the main road, the truck rattles and dips down the rutted dirt road, our two dogs smear the back windows with wet noses, steamy breaths, then excited front paws. Ahead the ground and sky stretch expansively in a beautiful yet alien way.  

The mood

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 6:43PM

Morning Trek Across Amaranth

Found in the garden this morning while sipping tea, waking up, peering in at things....





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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 10:57PM

Equinox Harvest

From the garden today.......bye bye Summer!
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 2:55AM

Weed, California - up in flames

 The Weed fire was a complete surprise.

The uncontained wildfire that had taken our area's attention was the Happy Camp fire - it had been burning acreage, rapidly growing on the Oregon-California border for weeks, August and September, 2014.

Happy Camp is an area rugged and remote, the tiny

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 2:22PM

My vent/comment about boys these days.

So, I wrote a long, meandering comment (surprised?) on super jane julia's page....with the Ray Rice debacle front and center, I thought I'd copy, paste, and post.

What is your opinion?

I've not noticed many out there in public who are bemoaning how boys are left behind - or theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 2:36AM

And the world was no longer beige

The photo arrived in my email a couple weeks ago.

My oldest brother, sixteen years older than I, had read my post, The Renters.

The photo he sent is from 1973, from the time of the first renters. The image is in pretty bad shape, but that this photo exists.....this,

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I appreciate your post, Lezlie, this is the comment I would have left there, if I could:
I have only this to add...with no idea what else to respond to, as 
love of power, rather than love of fellow man
seem to be the factors spreading violence all… Read full post »
JULY 19, 2014 1:34PM

Waking Up

As usual, I awoke with my mind full.

Today, though, two pieces juxtapose themselves in my heart and mind, repeating and resounding ever louder.


"It was the best of time, it was the worst of times,

"Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,

No escape fromRead full post »

JULY 10, 2014 8:29PM

The Typewriter

A rare smile flashes on the proud new owner of a late 1960s' Remington Rand typewriter.

My 16 year-old son, lover of retro.

Lover of minimalism.


 Keys clack clacking echo down the hall.

Slim notebooks filled with captured thought stack up nearby.

Brusque men, a

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JUNE 30, 2014 8:25PM

Garden Sex

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.

No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more man."  

~ Maurice Maeterlinck (often misattributed to Albert Einstein)


A honeybee in the middle of artichoke

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JUNE 25, 2014 8:31PM

The Renters

 A minimally edited, stream of consciousness far. 

They were there again when I woke up this morning - I realize I have to do something to pin them down.

It goes against every fiber of my being to do so.

It was not that I was dreaming of… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2014 10:16AM

Meeting Muhammad II

Day after day at work, I noticed him, sitting at one of the many scattered tables placed between the indoor pool area and the basketball court -- watching, perusing, assessing.  At least, that's what he seemed to be doing.

It was late September, 2002. Our country had just marked

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JUNE 5, 2014 2:13AM

The Severing

Secret energies jangle as you sidle up beside, 

your arms bearing gifts 

of the wooden horse. 

The scent of the hidden wafts in the air, 

an acrid, 



Silent gratitude is sent above

for eyes that have learned to see.

The cloak of protection sur

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After this week's election, cheers were heard from all corners of southwest Oregon when the measure against growing genetically modified crops in our county passed by a two to one margin. Now all currently growing GMO crops must be harvested or removed within the next

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MAY 12, 2014 11:39PM

Lake Day ~ February

It had been two years since we pulled out the canoe and headed for the lake...


It was a rare, windless day.


The lake was low, exposing this area's rocky shore. These are sunbathing spots in summer, but freezing today.


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the completed ship


When I saw the ship's prow sticking out of the top of the garbage can, my heart gave a lurch. My mind protested, "No!" yet I could see it was too late. My son had thrown out his 3' x 4' popsicle stick English Galleon -… Read full post »