Author Archives: sheilawill

Day 2: Almost in Oklahoma

Today was a good day. Yesterday was a sad one, my first day driving from Tucson to Minneapolis. Until I arrived at Mark and Marla’s hacienda in Albuquerque. She and Mark are the best of people (I stole that from … Continue reading

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Leaving Tucson

On September 25, 2002 — my daughter’s 25th birthday — I drove into Tucson. A vivid Southwestern salmony, purply sunset accompanied my arrival. It was gorgeous. It still is. I didn’t know what my life would be like, but I … Continue reading

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REST AND REFLECTION It’s my 75th birthday. It’s a monumental day. Southwest Harbor, Maine, is home. I’m here for another three weeks before returning to Tucson to pack my art work and photos, special books and dishes, and a few … Continue reading

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Awaiting a Guilty Verdict…I Speak for History

They want you to not believe your eyes, the prosecution said of Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney. That’s right. Throwing every possible cause of George Floyd’s death into the mix ought to make jury members more disbelieving. Carbon monoxide poisoning. Drug … Continue reading

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To follow or observe, that is the question

I had an epiphany about politics at the Natural Grocer. On a mundane errand to purchase the purest water, Bunny brand organic carrots, and blueberry oat flakes, it happened. Finding a parking place near Barrio Bread always takes time. Emerging … Continue reading

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I look at all the angry people…and I have questions

WHY DON’T THE POOREST AND THE MOST MARGINALIZED AMONG US RISE UP? I would. Like Palestinians who hurl rocks at cars sporting Israeli license plates zipping though the West Bank after dark. If Black Americans attacked the Capitol they would … Continue reading

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

I’m feeling oddly celebratory today. Maybe it’s because a mountain of stressful chaos has been hurled from our national shoulders. But there’s more… Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, all yummy food and no religion. Maybe it’s because … Continue reading

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A Somewhat Entertaining Political Dream

A typical Tucson blue sky sparkles above us. Sipping a glass of Prosecco with a few friends at a pop-up patio restaurant. Other twos and threes sit socially distanced at their tables, respectful of our limited lives during this never-ending … Continue reading

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Fake News!!!

That’s what the crook in the White House says…is anything in the news ever true? Not to him. Only Fox News. I picture him lounging on a gold-bordered couch in the WH living quarters, still donning his pajamas at midday, … Continue reading

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Live History

Historic statues and landmarks may beckon some. Usually not me, but visiting family in Minneapolis a few weeks back I had to see it: Chicago Avenue where one George Floyd was put to death for being Black. His life kneed … Continue reading

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