River Muse
‘Take care of the children’

Of the many various outcomes of child neglect and abuse, my niece is one. S is 46 and lives in a group home in Seattle. She survives through SSI disability payments. She has never been married, never …

Dogs and the Fourth of July

Sometimes things happen that we can’t explain. Like that time I said, out of nowhere, from the back seat of our little red VW Beetle, “The moon is groaning.” “I was just …

Bearing witness

We all bear witness to our own piece of earth every day. Most days pass without incident. We do what we can to make our homes and neighborhoods safe. Whether rural or urban, in the natural world or …