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Stories written by: By Clair McFarland

By Clair McFarland
Nov 18, 2018

Man's passion for renewal can be seen in many things - from the crude marble slab Michelangelo carved into "David," to the limestone masonry of the pyramid ...

By Clair McFarland
Nov 15, 2018

People are so warm to ask about my life during conversation. While my version of camaraderie usually produces cold or awkward questions such as "what are you ...

By Clair McFarland
Sep 20, 2018

The Husband was looking at houses for sale, but I wasn't so sure. We had lived in our house on Forest Drive for more than eight years, filled the place with ...


By Clair McFarland
Aug 23, 2018

After eight years of dating, my brother Seth finally married his longtime girlfriend, Jess, last Saturday. Our four sons had never been to a wedding before, ...

By Clair McFarland
Jul 26, 2018

I'm not going to say who did what - I ain't no snitch - but I will say that there was a "grounding" here last week. I had never grounded any children before; ...

By Clair McFarland
Jul 12, 2018

I remember when I was a good cook. It seems like only yesterday. In the heyday of that era, I sat in a perfectly clean kitchen, while my one baby played ...


By Clair McFarland
Jun 28, 2018

When are we too old to fall in love with Beowulf? Now, I'm not saying there's an age limit to falling in love, in general. The requirements for that are ...

By Clair McFarland
Jun 14, 2018

Ten years ago, I lived in Grand Junction, Colorado. I could just say I lived anywhere but here, because that was my real goal: Siberia would have been just ...

By Clair McFarland
May 31, 2018

In cosmology, the white hole is poorly named. A white hole in space is, in theory, the opposite of a black hole. Experts define black holes as points of ...


By Clair McFarland
May 17, 2018

Here lived a tree named Ash, tall and bent. He had dark eyes, long limbs, and bark of integrated depths. He was deliberate in all his ways. Springtime ...

By Clair McFarland
Apr 19, 2018

I had to read "The Grapes of Wrath" once again. The first time I read the Steinbeck classic, I didn't enjoy it, because: I was too young. I don't ...

By Clair McFarland
Apr 6, 2018

This town has been good to me. It's been a safe place to totter and grow. It's borne my follies, my misconceptions, and even my grammatical mistakes. ...


By Clair McFarland
Mar 22, 2018

There was once a world full of gorgeous monsters. The monsters were all different from one another. Some were enormous, armored, and serpentine as dragons; ...

By Clair McFarland
Mar 8, 2018

I used to hate it when people misspelled my name. I sallied forth with all the entitlement of a dentist who bristles at being called "Mr."or a king who ...

By Clair McFarland
Feb 22, 2018

"Mom, remembo summo?" I do remember summer. "Remembo when we would go outside without coats and gwoves and even shoes!" Yes. We all went outside, ...


By Clair McFarland
Feb 8, 2018

This week I got the flu, and I tricked myself into watching a movie. I'm not sure which was worse. Now don't get me wrong, I like movies. I'm just selective ...

By Clair McFarland
Jan 25, 2018

The twins were having fun in the house, even though icicles surrounded us like transparent prison bars. They climbed onto the couch, looked out over their ...

By Clair McFarland
Jan 11, 2018

The Infant I've got a little baby, Bet you didn't know A little, six-month baby With little, six-month toes. She wasn't mine to carry, But I never ...


By Clair McFarland
Dec 28, 2017

Christmas has come, blazing and cozy. Earlier this month, in a fit of whimsy, I asked for "nothing" for Christmas. But this is America, so I got a few ...

By Clair McFarland
Dec 14, 2017

"What do you want for Christmas?" The Husband was asking me that question, and I had an answer for it, but the answer had not yet solidified into the metallic ...

By Clair McFarland
Nov 30, 2017

Soft music wafted along a clean kitchen floor. I was peeling potatoes, and I craned my neck over the task in what I thought was graceful concentration. In ...


By Clair McFarland
Nov 16, 2017

There was a woman who loved November more than any other month, but didn't know why. She fumbled for a reason. "Perhaps it's the refreshing chill," she ...

By Clair McFarland
Nov 2, 2017

In late October, I wrote this in my journal: "The honey-locust tree is losing its leaves this morning - an answer to last night's swooping frost. "The ...

By Clair McFarland
Oct 19, 2017

"Freeze! Put your hands in the air!" I gulped. "OK, OK," I said. "Let me just put down my spatula, and then I will freeze, and put my hands in the air." ...


By Clair McFarland
Oct 5, 2017

"I dearly love a laugh." That's a Jane Austen quote. Even though she's not my favorite author, or even in my top 10, that quote of hers stays with me and ...

By Clair McFarland
Sep 21, 2017

Tomorrow's the equinox, and that means fall. Fall into flannel shirts, viscous cider, flexing breezes, and long, dark nights. Late Monday we could feel ...

By Clair McFarland
Sep 7, 2017

My aunt came to visit for the eclipse. Now, my mom has furnished me with some awesome aunts. There's one who always encourages me - from within her tiny ...


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