Goodbye, Gentle Friends

A metaphor for these times

Photo by Brendan O’Donnell on Unsplash

My backyard in Southern California is adjacent to the backyard of my neighbor one street away. The two properties are separated by a five-foot tall brick wall topped by Bougainvillea.

Every now and then I stand on my tiptoes and chat with the old woman that lives on the other side of the wall. I remind her that she’s welcome to pick oranges from our…

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