musings, memoir, life in the mountains

Just Thinking...

Just Thinking...
Location
Oregon,
Birthday
October 04
Bio
~ welcome! ~ I'm Anna Herrington ~ photographs my own unless noted ~ when not here, gardening, researching, cooking, hiking, canoeing, hanging with family....I'm writing a book about the year I went wild: living on a remote mountain with my two small sons ~ other books in progress get a chapter or two here and there as well ~ now writing daily! A huge step forward for this writer...a huge thanks to NaNoWriMo for getting me going. every single day. justthinkingos@yahoo.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To see all posts, click on 'Just Thinking...' above, and scroll. Writing here at Open Salon since June 2010.

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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 
hatred 
greed
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

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 them last night, more that with the first… 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, 

false 

perfume. 

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 »

APRIL 10, 2014 3:27AM

Tree Root Holding Rock


Picked from our yard...

 

(why does this one keep loading sideways? Tilt head to left for proper view, please : ))  Three little flowers on one stem!

 

Newest ones planted...

 

The peach-centered one an old variety, here when we moved to

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I am certain there are better ways to describe my mother-in-law, certain there are stories she'd like me to tell, both heartfelt and entertaining...today, however, it's the (partial) lyrics to an old favorite, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes that just keep ringing through my ears and heart..
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MARCH 12, 2014 5:31PM

Two Sisters Reminiscing

We'd been chatting awhile, my sister, her wife, and I, a casual sit at the table with mugs of coffee and tea. It was our last afternoon together before my flight home last summer, the most relaxed I'd felt all week as it had been a very full trip. The rhythmRead full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 3:06PM

The Clock

The clock sits on the corner of the low-slung table surrounded by small potted plants, three primroses in assorted colors and a spider plant with two spider plant babies hanging over one side. The clock is what is noticed though.

The rounded, tan clock face has old-fashioned-looking bronze hands and… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 6:15PM

Boston Strong

As the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombing nears, many survivors are still in the process of healing from last year's tragedy. The One Fund gives all donations to aid the survivors and families in their healing process and the original Boston Strong Campaign givesRead full post »

After touching down in Boston and settling into a corner room, after pizza for dinner, the gathering rain and then dark, the luxury of a swim and very relaxing sleep...

 My 15 year-old son and I took to the streets of Boston with ambitious plans. We were staying downtown

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The alarm went off at 2:30 am on the June morning my youngest son and I began our trip to Boston. We were in the car by 3:15am, barreling up the deserted highway in the dark.

Ticketing in a small airport is fairly easy, long lines aside. There's only

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On the day before Thanksgiving last year, preparations were in full swing at our house, for we were hosting the traditional feast. Our family gatherings have grown since we moved to this area nine years ago, so the expected number was to be around sixteen. 

Part I of this story begins… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 6:47PM

The Thanksgiving Couple I


Last year, I wrote a sweet little Thanksgiving post while thinking of an old family friend. I was so grateful then to have our family even slightly back on keel after the recession.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013 4:57PM

NaNoWriMo - The Challenge

November is National Novel Writing Month. 

As much as I love writing, reading, and novels, whoever decided that November, the month that starts the year's longest holiday season, is a good month to start a marathon of writing fiction, must be a little bit crazy.

Specifically, the NaNoWriMo challRead full post »

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OCTOBER 17, 2013 1:13PM

White Trash

Stepping outside into the early morning light most days this summer, I'd sleepily pick up the garden hose and begin the morning watering. In the dry heat of our arid summers, the Sun's rays beam like lasers without the blanket of humidity to diffuse them; the winds sear and plants suffer… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2013 12:51PM

Happy 7 Squared Plus 4!

 

Every year when my birthday comes around, inevitably my very first thought is of my sister:  my older sister - my big sister - by 7 1/2 years and one-half inch. That half inch gain is recent as we used to be the same height. I've increased my yoga practice,… Read full post »

 

Because I was curious about existing legislation that would put a stop to Congressional paychecks during any government shutdown, I googled.

Turns out a bill was introduced on Saturday, 26 September 2013, by Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX) for this very thing. Back in January 2013, Senator Barbara

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