Author Archives: constantcommoner

About constantcommoner

Ramona Grigg. Freelancer, blogger, essayist, photographer, dreamer. Island dweller. Yooper.

You Didn’t Really Make a New Year’s Resolution. Did You?

Finally! It’s 2021! We thought it would never get here! It’s going to change everything! Or, god forbid, nothing. But we’ll change. It’s the new year. We always change. Continue reading

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Love, Light, and Atheism

When we atheists say we’re non-believers we don’t literally mean we don’t believe in anything. We just don’t believe in deities. (It’s sometimes just a way of saying we’re atheists without the baggage.) Continue reading

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Rhythm and Flow: How Three Famous Writers Use It To Draw You In

And what you can learn from each of them, as different as they are. There is a rhythm to good writing — a flow that draws you in as smoothly and deliciously as a glide down a meandering brook. It moves along, pulling … Continue reading

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We’ve Done it Before: How the Community Comes to the Rescue.

I don’t have to tell you we’re in the midst of a near-total shut-down, trying to save as many citizens as possible during an already deadly pandemic. People who aren’t sick yet are hurting, too, trying to maintain their lives, … Continue reading

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From Blogger to WordPress: Or How I’ll Never Brag about being Computer-savvy Again

Hello. Sorry to bother you. I have to complain to someone and this is the only page still working properly around here. I’m here to bitch, so fair warning. I had this hare-brained idea to start an author’s page on … Continue reading

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I Am That Old Woman

And I’m betting you’ve already decided not to read this. Old Woman — Arthur Rackham illustration. (Public Domain.) There’s a story going viral about an old woman who took down a cashier because the cashier told her using plastic bags was a no-no in … Continue reading

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Words Into Sentences and Then Into Art

From the time I discovered that letters of the alphabet are there to make words, I’ve loved the words they make. As my reading matured I grew to love how those simple words could be molded into marvelous sentences. Sentences … Continue reading

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Dark Sky Magic

Aurora Borealis, the Milky Way, and my own North Star. The US at night — NASA I love this map of the lights from space, but I have to look really hard to make out the outline of my particular neighborhood. That’s because … Continue reading

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The Movies I’ll Want to Watch as the World Ends

I love movies that move me. I love movies that make me cry. I love movies that make me laugh and cry and do it all over again, until I’m reduced to a soggy but satisfying mess. Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Being Old

Don’t Worry, Dearies, this won’t bore you

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