Author Archives: Belinda Riehl

Uniforms on Halloween

I’m delighted to be a guest on Thonie Hevron’s “Just the Facts, Ma’am” blog. Please click the clink below to enjoy this light-hearted (true) story.

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Don’t worry

I’ve been away from my blog for some time working on other projects. In an effort to ease back into posting my musings, I’ve pulled these ideas from my “profundities” file. Some who say “don’t worry” mean I disagree with … Continue reading

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Speak in Ink

Take care to speak in ink. Spoken words cannot be erased—only forgiven. Rough drafts laden with anger said out loud are instantly published. Apologies are hard to give requiring humility, sincerity, remorse. No real apology includes but. Apologies are harder … Continue reading

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The Pullet Surprise

At the December 2015 meeting of the Redwood Writers, I was awarded the Pullet Surprise (say it aloud) “for exceptional service to the writers of Sonoma County.” Treasurer Briahn Kelly-Brennan began her presentation by saying that Redwood Writers depends on … Continue reading

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Holiday Peace

One of the definitions of peace is the normal, non-warring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world. Just taking in those words makes my gut clench because my mind goes to the lack of peace in our … Continue reading

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Gratitude, even when shit happens

On my morning walk, my left heel slipped 18” to 20” ahead of my body, causing my arms to fly up over my head, and in one quick bow, plant themselves on the sidewalk in front of me, along with … Continue reading

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Highway Home by Belinda Riehl (revised)

Parked on I-110, snaking the interchange to I-105. Endlessly flexing and contracting; each car, truck, bus, a vertebrae. 2mph at 4pm headed to LAX, hoping for acceleration on a straight-away.   If that language means nothing, you’re lucky. You haven’t … Continue reading

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Words Wound

Words can hurt like a punch Stomach gets sick, head hurts, eyes water Misunderstandings mend quickly But direct strikes stab. Words are only sounds in our ears How do they reach our eyes to make tears? Churning a pathway through … Continue reading

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Steering repaired? No, hearing impaired.

Some days communication is difficult, other days it’s entertaining.  On this day we had one example after another of how funny misunderstandings can be. Last Friday morning I took a wooden blind into a window shop to see if the broken plastic … Continue reading

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From my profundity file…

Raising kids is like trying to sweep up dust bunnies while the ceiling fan is on.

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