Musings on getting a total knee replacement

W Goodwin

In the predawn hours of a Pandemic morning, my partner Jan is driving us through mostly empty streets toward the surgical wing of one of south Denver’s major hospitals. Medical magic is about to be enacted upon my 77-year-old body.

Lost…


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Hairy Guys

By W Goodwin

I still remember the evening my kid brother announced to the family, “Guess what! We’re mammals!”

He was 12 and looked it, but only a few months later his androgenic hormones began ripping the hinges off the doors of his metabolism. The spreading shadow of…


A Woman for President and a Woman for Vice President

by W Goodwin

You should know right up front this isn’t one of those well-researched position papers. It’s not even a realistic political proposition. It barely rises above the level of a casual observation despite the fact American voters are…


A deep sponge-covered wall of a Meso-American reef (colors inverted).

Words and images by W Goodwin

Every time I descend into the sea, I ask myself, “Am I dreaming?” The shapes and colors, subtle and subdued one moment, exuberant and boisterous the next, suggest paintings by Dali or some artistic Drama Queen. …


It was 1979 when I decided I needed a break from my graduate school. I treated my decision as an excuse to travel with my trusty Canon AE-1 and forty roles of Tri-X. During that year I went as far as Nepal but my four months in Afghanistan left some…


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Is it a conveyance? A metaphor? Or a hungry machine...

By W Goodwin

Our travel day began at dawn in the Caribbean. Now it’s a dozen hours and a thousand miles later, and I notice the sun is setting outside the downtown Denver transit complex. Lynn and I clamber with…


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Fan Letter to a Medium.com Writer

In Which a Parrot Sheds Some Light

By W Goodwin

Dear Shannon Ashley,

It seems you’re one of the most popular and prolific writers on Medium.com. Your writing dwells on relatable (that word again?) issues that resonate (and that one?) with your readers. Personally…


Cultivating a beautiful, transporting experience with mushrooms

Illustration: Nan Lee

Lynn and I are fortunate: We are tightly and broadly linked both physically and spiritually. Adventuring together for five years now, at 58 and 75, we seem to have acquired at least a modicum of sense and experience to see us through our escapades. …

W Goodwin

Bound to the ocean and reflecting mixed genetics, I am compelled to write about the sea while living in Colorado.

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