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Notes from Home: Home Land

By Trudy Wischemann “I’ll be home for Christmas,” the old song opens, and finishes “if only in my dreams.” In between the beginning and end, the lyrics describe a peopled place, with weather and vegetation we have to go away to get, sitting here on the Valley floor. Maybe the Sierra. Maybe Dunsmuir, on the […]

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Notes from Home: Home Itself

By Trudy Wischemann “Home is where the heart is,” a friend tells me. We are talking about where home is for each of us, which naturally involves what home is. I counter his definition with Valley author Gerry Haslam’s favorite description: “Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you […]

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Notes from Home: Thicker Than Smoke

By Trudy Wischemann Through all the national emergencies of the last three months — hurricanes, shootings, fires, more hurricanes — I’ve found myself focused on the aftermaths. In the midst of the terror of “the unthinkable” actually happening, we inevitably discover something beautiful in its midst: human hearts and spirits responding in what often seems superhuman ways. My sister […]

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Notes from Home: Vietnam

By Trudy Wischemann Some of the news this weekend focused on the word “divisive,” referring to Donald Trump’s leadership style. It ranged from the NFL’s rebuttal to Trump’s criticism of their leadership, to the study session Oprah conducted in Michigan for 60 Minutes, which magnified the dividedness of the country across regions, classes and occupations, […]

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Preserving the Future

By Trudy Wischemann While in Dunsmuir two weeks ago, I overheard something wise from an acquaintance, who’d been told “You can drag the past around with you like a dead horse, but you can’t bring it back to life.” I was struck by the truth of the image, and put it in my mental pocket […]

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