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 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Fifty (and more) shades of gray

I have become adept at simply watching the sky, at comprehending or at thinking I comprehend, the grim and gritty shades of gray, unrelenting gray, and nothing sexy about it, and I... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Friends Sitting with Silence Shining

I begin my days with a loose routine of morning readings, nothing cast in concrete, but generally start with the poet Rumi. This epitomizes the week. “But for us this day is... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: When the clock of time slithers down the wall

Some days, I feel like I’m living in Dali’s famous painting with timepieces slumped and limp and empty. Except with differences. My “painting” would have the clock hands... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The day my computer caught the delta variant COVID virus

I suppose it’s my own fault. I should have known when the toilet tank innards up and died and bled water all over the floor. But no, I had nary a clue. Then a few days later I... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Goldilocks and the Three Pies

Consider this to be as though you accidentally tuned into the cooking channel. The difference is that I’ll tell you about the mistakes I made along the way. When Uncle Lee... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Grumbles in a Bucket

After all my bragging about all the lovely rain we’ve been having, day after day after day, this past week we’ve been dry as a desiccated bone in the desert. I’ve been... — Updated 8/19/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Staring at a blank piece of paper

Here I am again, sitting at my computer, staring at a blank page of paper that’s not real paper, waiting for inspiration to write, to share with you, the latest happenings in my... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Carz: Part II. The Flim Flam Man

After our mutual agreement last week that Ariel’s car with Four-in-the-Floor and not enough wiggle room would not be a good car for my needs, Ariel went on the search for the... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The little red VW bug fantasy

“Mom, are you having a mid-life crisis?” asked my daughter. “I can’t have a mid-life crisis. I’m too old.” “Last week a dog. This week a car. What are you... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

How many times have you said …

If only I could live my life over knowing what I now know? Well, guess what. If you woke up this morning still breathing, you can indeed. Live your life over. Start right now.... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Birdsong, toe trucks, garden buckets and other lore

You know how I love the rains, right? As with grandchildren, I love them more when they behave. You know. Sunshine days and rain in the early evenings. Another morning listening to... — Updated 7/8/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Some like it hot; some like it not

My back yard is full of baby doves foraging. Worms? Could be any number of bugs. They have a huge, juicy selection. All sizes, all colors. Last night we had a Bi... — Updated 7/1/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: And the rains, they came.

To the tune of “Just Another Manic Monday,” the rains, they came, “just another rainy Monday,” Tuesday, Wednesday. Every day, the rains, they came. I’ve no idea why that o... — Updated 6/24/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

'Make love to me …'

“Ba ba ba ba boom. Take me in your lovin’ arms and never let me go. Whisper to me softly while the moon is low.” I woke in the night with the inimitable voice of Jo Stafford... — Updated 6/17/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Testing, testing, testing

Funny how some things never change. Remember back in school days when you had a big test coming up? Perhaps you went to bed worried and woke queasy, not wanting breakfast? I’m... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: The things I do and don't

A couple thousand years ago, somebody famous, broadly paraphrased, said, we do things we know aren’t good for us (or for others) and don’t do the things we know to be good. Well... — Updated 6/3/2021 Full story

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: Scorpion Alert!

When I moved to Mexico, one of the first things I learned was to check inside my shoes before inserting feet. Evidently that is a popular hiding place, nesting site, attack... — Updated 5/27/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Not original, not profound

I am a blade of grass. When I don’t have water I turn brown, crisp, wither into the ground. I lie dormant until such time as rains come. I am the same as a blade of grass ... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: 'Riding Along in My Automobile'

We Americans are so tethered to our cars. It’s as though there is an umbilical cord between our brains and the ignition switch. When I first moved to Mexico, driving my vehicle... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my backdoor: In the grand scheme of things

We are one week plus days past our second vaccination shots and feeling great. Carol said, “I wonder if the syringe had anything in it. Ben sent me a cartoon, unsigned, so I’ve... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my back door: Fantasies of Phenomena

I was going to write about the morning symphony, featuring “Variations on a Theme at Sunrise” with Bell-ringing Bird on timpani. This music assured me that the huge black cloud... — Updated 4/29/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Ring my bell!

I’d been out of bed five minutes when I heard the clang-rang of my gate bell. We respect each other’s boundaries. When neighbors visited, they stood out by the gate and yelled,... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: Down-in-the-dump-slump-lite!

Some days I can’t lose for winning. Sunrise, up earlier than I wanted. I moped around, felt mildly depressed. Not real depression. Real depression is serious stuff. Me, I’m in... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: This week I started smoking again

I used to have a photo of my Dad in his crisp uniform, just back from Overseas. “Overseas” is a lost word, known to us older folks. Dad was in the Army Air Force in WWII. I was... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Sondra Ashton    Opinion

Looking out my Backdoor: My world and mathematics

There is magic in my world. If I do not see it, it doesn’t matter. If I do see it, it doesn’t matter. Every day is a song. Yesterday’s music fell to earth, gone. Today’s... — Updated 4/1/2021

 

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