Author Archives: mahines

For All of Them

I cry for them all. The Black Lives That Matter. The Unborn made a commodity. The magnificent creatures killed to satisfy ego. The abandoned, The hungry, The mistreated and abused, The exploited bounty of a beautiful world. I long for … Continue reading

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Finding Peace In The Storm

I have been struggling with my life quite a bit lately; constantly asking myself “Why am I not doing what I want to do?”, “Why am I not in the place I want to be with my spirit and my … Continue reading

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Open The Door And Let In The Light

Open the door and let in the light. For the past few months, this phrase has been running through my head. In moments when the static of everyday life quiets, Open the door and let in the light. At night, … Continue reading

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A Smiling Heart

I live in a small, rural town of 1,800 people.  We have a Grange, two churches, a town hall and a village store (with the post office attached) all around a town green smaller than a baseball diamond.  Working in … Continue reading

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Chimera

My heart is a fist clenched tightly in my chest, a monkey fist to match my monkey mind. Liquid bowels and breath blown back into my lungs by the frozen winds of fear. How do you run surrounded by the … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’?

For many years, I did not believe I could cook. My late husband, who was a wonderful cook, repeatedly told me that I was terrible at it. It was one of the ways he kept me feeling helpless and dependent … Continue reading

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The Compassionate Way

I am not a saint, not a hero. I do not walk the shining path. I stumble in the woods running from the pain of others. Suffering is a monstrous thing with a fearful, bloody visage. But deep within me … Continue reading

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Round and Round

Life, God, The Universe, whoever – sure has a great way of keeping you off-guard. “What is the lesson here, Grasshopper?” Is it to always be prepared for everything? Is it to “go with the flow”? It it to throw … Continue reading

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Place Your Bets

The trains are running back on schedule today.  The remains of the crash have been removed.  It will take a year before the final report is complete.  We need to know the why, the how, the how-do-we-prevent-it.  We need to … Continue reading

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When The Mundane Becomes The Horrific

For ten years, five days a week, I have commuted from Western Connecticut to New York City.  It is a long commute, two and a half hours one way.  Of those two and a half hours, an hour and fifteen minutes … Continue reading

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