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Sixteen Tons, Part One

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

In this country, the way I was raised, work was the measure of a person. I'm first generation born American. We came here for the work. I did my best taking advantage of the opportunities I was presented. When I rounded the bend towards retirement, however, I was warned and didn't heed it. I don't think understanding the entirety of the warning would have changed anything. I was well on my way to nowhere I would really want to be. It would prove to be a marker, however, to find my way back to where I needed to be to find happiness and a sense of self.

Thank you for listening.

Different Ways: Sixteen Tons, Excerpts Chapter 23, pp. 167-171

The natural world - the world I was not paying attention to - was attending to me. It was reminding me that what I needed was not the success I strove for but to stop and hazard living authentically.


I looked at the morning

After being up all night

I looked at my haggard face in the bathroom light

I looked out the window

And I I saw that ragged soul take flight

I saw a back crow flying

In a blue sky

Oh I'm like a black crow flying

In a blue sky

Thank you for joining me here. The memoir Different Ways: Revealing the Feminine can be purchased through my website using a link to Village Books at There will soon be an eBook version available with an independent retailer. The e-book on Amazon is a bit of a mess but free if you are a Kindle member. Don't buy it. Parts are missing in the E-Book.

The BlogCast that outlines my intentions for this series of readings from my book, Different Ways, Revealing the Feminine can be found here in the post, Between the Lines.

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