Author Archives: colleendown

Another New Years Day…

Today is a new moon and a new year, time to let go of the old and bring in the new. My tradition in recent years has been to look back and see what I have learned. This has been … Continue reading

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If I Could Do It All Again….

My muse finally reappeared this month. She was wearing a red, tailored suit with tennis shoes and holding a cigarette between her fingers in the exact same way my Grandma Bernie always did. Her smile and forthrightness broke down any … Continue reading

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Feeling Somber

I often spend time with a thesaurus, the way some people use their scriptures—looking for the right word, the right expression to describe how I am feeling. I look for a particular word to describe a moment or a memory … Continue reading

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Leaving the Inn–(for Zac, but really for me!)

Recently, Zac lost his job as an innkeeper.  I have felt his pain in a corner of my heart as he has said goodbye to friends and associates who have become like family. I have been moved by something deep … Continue reading

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To Market, To Market…..

One of my new “happy places” in Salt Lake City is the grocery store Trader Joe’s.  Trader Joe’s has been around for a long time in the surrounding states, but only recently came to our city, sans their famous wine. … Continue reading

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Banning the W-word

I am now old enough to remember several words that were used during regular dinnertime conversations that would never be used by educated people in a discussion today. Many words have been ‘banned” and as a society we have agreed … Continue reading

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The Ride of my Life!

A few years ago, I was attending the third funeral in a row of a family that had been forever changed by the ravages of Huntington’s disease. My friend and neighbor, Lael, had lost her husband and two children within … Continue reading

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The Write Name!

“What’s in a name?” Juliet laments as she thinks of her lover Romeo-of the rival Montague family.  “Who am I?” Jean ValJean sings as he is torn between revealing his true self or allowing another to be charged with a … Continue reading

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Auld Lang Syne…

As I get older, I am finding that it is almost more important to reflect back on the old year and the things that I have learned, than it is to set goals for the New Year.  My greatest learning … Continue reading

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For Clarissa

I feel so blessed that I could be in Texas for the birth of little Clarissa. She has now taken up residence in that part of my heart where I pray and worry and dream for my children and grandchildren. … Continue reading

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