Author Archives: vanbytheriver

The Lady in the Van

“And what I’ve learned, and maybe she taught me, is that you don’t put yourself into what you write. You find yourself there.” Alan Bennett . This brilliant insight comes from the British playwright, author, actor as he recounts the … Continue reading

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Shells

We’ve all done it. You break an egg, pieces of shell end up in your bowl. You reach in to retrieve it, with a spoon, knife, or mostly, your finger. All you really need is the rest of the shell. … Continue reading

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Storm Puppies

The winds came, the fence was down. I wandered away, hiding in a shed from something called “Irma”. So much pressure, the puppies would not wait. When they found me, I was holding up a large board, protecting my clan. … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico

This drone photo, featured as photo of the week by several publications, represents some of the hurricane devastation to the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory whose name translates as “rich port”. Just a few suggestions of ways to … Continue reading

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“Don’t Push the River…

…It Flows by Itself.” Released by author and Gestalt therapist Barry Stevens, it was the self-help book of my generation. The pages are well worn, dog-eared, book-marked and highlighted in my copy of the 1970 book. I often recommended it … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and You

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light”, or maybe, against the dying of summer, as in the case of ice cream giant Baskin-Robbins. * Late in August, they released the results of a study “What Your Ice Cream Eating … Continue reading

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Ancient Trees

  She took her camera to some of the darkest, most isolated places on earth, to photograph trees that have survived thousands of years. Beth Moon, famed photographer and  author of the 2014 book, Ancient Trees:Portraits of Time, studied the … Continue reading

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