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Just when Jo Kasten’s son encounters schizophrenia, she discovers she has breast cancer. Meanwhile, her marriage faces a test. Count All This is a story about love and loyalty, addiction and madness. This is the seventeenth chapter. Find the first chapter here.

The phone rang around 1:00 in the morning…

The Wharf in Santa Cruz. Photo by author.

Just when Jo Kasten’s son encounters schizophrenia, she discovers she has breast cancer. Meanwhile, her marriage faces a test. Count All This is a story about love and loyalty, addiction and madness. This is the sixteenth chapter. Find the first chapter here.

After being released from the psych ward and…

Long-billed curlew in Chrissy Field Marsh. All photos by my partner.

A couple of articles got me interested in birdwatching. The first, on how to do nothing, (which I’m pretty good at), described a relationship the author had with some crows. She started leaving nuts out for them on her balcony and soon enough, they were following her down the street…

The three cards Jo selected from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck her friend Karen brought over.

Just when Jo Kasten’s adult son encounters schizophrenia, she discovers she has breast cancer. Meanwhile, her marriage faces a test. Count All This is a story about love and loyalty, addiction and madness. This is the fourteenth chapter. Find the first chapter here.

Sometimes I wonder if I brought these…

Patsy Fergusson

Tree hugger. Tour guide. Top Writer. Feminist. Newly-baptized Bay swimmer. Editor of Fourth Wave. https://medium.com/fourth-wave

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