The Blank Page.

It’s a new year, and turning over the cover of that 2020 calendar is as daunting as facing the dreaded blank page—if you’re a writer, anyway. Something as innocuous as an empty Word doc can take out the most seasoned of us. That maddening blink, blink, blink of the cursor saps

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“Just a few hours of reading about the ruination of our oceans, and I’m tempted to take Tina Fey’s lead. Head to the local bakery for an extended episode of “sheet caking.” Support a local business, she suggests, request frosting in the colors of an American flag for patriotism, and shove in fistfuls for

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Love Earth Now gives to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Image by John Spencer.

The news of ever-more devastating wildfires has been weighing on me like the neighbor’s St. Bernard who used to tackle the forty-pound kid I once was. One enormous paw would topple me, then

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Handsome is ever on the watch.

Juggling my hefty backpack on one hip and my over-stuffed, over-body bag on the other—my chiropractor would be appalled—I’m two blocks away when I hear him crying after me. After bobbing and weaving to balance my baggage, I manage to turn around. I am relieved to see that Handsome

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