Author Archives: annalrussell

A Knock on the Door

“I don’t know what to do,” is never my wail. This morning I was asked to help a person get to court tomorrow. Tomorrow is dedicated to final preparation for a writing conference. Is? Was? The balance of “yes” and … Continue reading

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Zoned out on a book proposal

Tonight is quiet: Ron is in his room watching ball, I’m typing and the noises of teens are gone for a few days. I’m nearly finished with a book proposal–so why am I typing here instead of on it? ‘Cause … Continue reading

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Bed Making at a Hospitality Facility

Elders are full of knowledge, right? An older person has collected a wealth of experience. Ah, but on this day, as Abby, Phoebe and I were making one of fourteen beds I glimpsed my lax habits. “Grams,” Phoebe muttered across … Continue reading

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Lessons From Street People

Maggie (not her real name) has imprinted herself in my mind. To you and me, Maggie’s story is unusual. For starters, she was found in a dumpster–a throw-away newborn. I first encountered her as I drove by her in a … Continue reading

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Important Teachers from Pomeroy High School

This was printed in The Daily Sentinel [April 2012], serving the Pomeroy, Ohio area where I grew up, with favorable comments. Rain drops from the overcast skies emptied their contents on our roof. The pit-pat-pitty-pat-pat lazied my mind. Who wants to … Continue reading

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White Water Walking

Why would anyone want to walk up stream in a clear-water mountain stream? You know, like a salmon swimming against the current. Because I can. Because in the remote Colorado San Juan Valley, the nearest pool is over an hour … Continue reading

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A pencil drawer

Why is the content of our pencil drawer important? Soon I will tell you why but first…. Our pencil drawer is under the  microwave counter and a few steps from the kitchen table. Easy to reach into for a writing utensil … Continue reading

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