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Diane Wyzga
San Clemente, California
Story-gatherer & wizard of words reflects on stories we tell to relate, understand & persuade each other. Share your stories.
Interests: Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, beekeeping, hiking, books, chef & foodie, and organic farming.
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Where *did* the time go? I intended to post about my Camino as experienced year later. I began writing last September with my arrival into Madrid. And then Life Happened - as anyone who is shepherding eldercare parents knows full well. Right now I want to savor this one moment... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
Like many others on the West Coast I set my alarm for 0215 hours, stumbled out onto an ocean-mist dampened balcony, listened for the occasional echo of crashing waves and muffled sea lion barks while pulling a chair into a space to watch the Most Wonderful Show Off Earth. Click... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
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I'm a little behind my schedule. The plan was to pick up my Camino de Santiago journal on Wednesday the 17th September 2014, a year from the day I boarded a plane at John Wayne Airport, flew to Newark International and then on to Madrid, Spain where I figured out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
I'm a big believer in "timing & location" being applicable to more situations than real estate. Helen Thayer has been pulling off explorer-naturalist excursions for decades and only a few weeks ago did I hear her name. She was being interviewed on NPR prior to a speaking engagement in San... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
It started as normally as any morning: a 19 year old male gets into his SUV to drive to work in the freezing rain of an early morning. As he drives he sends and receives texts messages and drives so erratically that a tractor trailer driver behind him comments that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
Imagine this: you are seated with hundreds of other expectant tourists, locals, visitors and guests in the Laguna Beach, CA amphitheater on a cool dark summer's night. All eyes are on the curtained stage with occasional glimpses up into the dark shadows of ledges and outcroppings. The nights dim, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
Maybe you've heard this old nursery rhyme: "Monday's Child is full of grace. Tuesday's Child is fair of face. Wednesday's Child is full of woe. Thursday's Child has far to go. Friday's Child is loving and giving. Saturday's Child must work for a living. But the Child that's born on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Wyzga On Words
Diane Wyzga is now following Ed Morse
Aug 6, 2014
Diane Wyzga is now following jennifer diggs
Aug 6, 2014
I did not hear the crash but I vaguely recall hearing the sirens in the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Although I thought it was a dream. At the top of the street yellow police tape cordoned off a good long section of El Camino Real. By 0730 hours... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Somewhere on my bookshelves is a slim volume entitled, Should Trees Have Standing? It came to mind as I was reading an exquisite report about the return of a single grey wolf who slipped across the border from Oregon into California and caused a stir. Joe Donnelly writing for ORION... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Like a good nurse and obedient weebus I have submitted to annual mammograms for a good long while. As far as I know there is no history of breast cancer in my family. None whatsoever. And yet I drank the Kool-aide that an annual mammogram was the way to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
A month ago I was walking the Camino de Santiago. I went on pilgrimage, walking 500 miles in 5 weeks. I still have a great deal to digest and write. Meanwhile, the following dispatch from Paul Salopek writing for the NYTimes, A Stroll Around the World, reminds me of what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
There are two companion pieces in today's Sunday NYTimes that remind me what happens when we hew to the letter of the law in some blind, righteous, opinionated and judgmental way. The first by Nicholas Kristoff, "Help Thy Neighbor and Go Straight to Prison, decries a recent conviction in Tennessee.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
A long-time friend wrote about recent interviews with jurors in the Zimmerman/Martin trial to say that he was caught off guard to learn that some of the verdict result may have come from interpreting the jury instructions. His impression was that jury instructions are informative but not mandatory; otherwise, why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Of late friends and colleagues have been saying the same thing to me: "I feel lost. Just lost. I can't explain it. What do you think it means?" I have to reveal that I share their feelings of being lost. On October 1, 2011 I began a journal of 365... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Silas House writing for the NYTimes in an essay entitled, Tell Their Secrets, wants to know what brings your characters to life. For us to remember them - for them to endear themselves to us - they must be as multi-faceted and flawed as we are. Helen Hunt Jackson said,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Deer Park Monastery sits in a valley that nestles and shelters all who come there for quiet and for things you might not even know you need or are in need of. Meals are taken in silence. The practice is to line up after the sound of the bell, select... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
I've been considering life of late. I recently attended a memorial service for a friend's brother. The service was held in a cozy meeting room of a nursing home where he worked as a recreational director for almost a quarter century. Gathered around me were many residents of the assisted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Each December my long-time friend, Nicole, sends out a Xeroxed list of organizations that could use "stuff." It's stuff we could easily hand over to someone who could make better use of it. For example: Optical centers in Walmart and Sam's Club stores accept your old eyeglasses and lenses for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
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A few minutes before that famous glittering ball dropped at midnight in Times Square or maybe in the wee small hours of January 1, 2013 you might have been framing a resolution or three. Do you recall what you promised? What about last year? And how long did that last?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Wyzga On Words
Did it come to pass? The Mayan Prophesy about the end of days. Can we peek out from under the covers? Are we still standing? Or is it all ended? One of my favorite poems on endings was printed in the Sunday NYTimes Interactive Feature called "It's the End of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
While there is still grieving and mourning yet to be done, I found some small measure of hope in this post sent to HealingStory by friend and storyteller, Laura Simms: This is the last paragraph of a short but potent article in Elephant Journal ( out of Boulder, Colorado) written... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Wyzga On Words
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The Troubles began on October 26th. Within 24 hours I would have to put Barney to sleep. I've written about Barney, his diagnosis of feline chylothorax and the celebration of each week of life we had thereafter. Barney made it to 91 weeks and then his 6 year old body... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at Wyzga On Words