Courage

I spent a lot of my childhood wishing I were braver. I spent an entire summer afraid — and vocally so — of sliding down the pole on my next door neighbor’s swing set. It wasn’t high off the ground; I could have easily jumped the distance. But something about that short breach between the […]

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10 Things I Learned at 25

Another year in my grand old life has passed, and, a month out from my birthday, I’m burrowed into 26. It’s strange, this 26. It’s the oldest I’ve ever been of course, but it feels like the oldest I’ve ever been. It feels notably different, somehow. And for the first time, I’ve started to think: maybe I […]

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Talking About the Weather

In Minnesota, the weather is a conversation staple. It is not uncommon for Minnesotans to discuss over short ribs at their cousin’s wedding whether the rainstorm Paul Douglas has been coddling in the Star Trib will generate enough moisture to give the corn a chance.  January is long and dark there, and Minnesotans stoically lift their faces to the […]

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Weekend Update

I owe you some 2015 flashbacks.  It was a big year, and I’m taking my time to do it justice.  Keep that breath bated for a while longer, okay? I had a mostly-solo weekend.  I think after constant (delightful!) togetherness with friends and roommates during Winter Storm Jonas, and then a tour-packed workweek, I was […]

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What I’m Reading

The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin Synopsis: Written from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s perspective, it tells the story of her courtship and marriage to Charles Lindbergh, and of her own accomplishments as a pilot and writer. Review [so far]: I generally prefer to read biographies about historical figures rather than novels about them (might as well […]

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How to Do Well on the GRE

As you know, I took the GRE twice last Fall.  And also once three years ago when I first knew I wanted to go to graduate school and then decided to wait, but that’s a different story. Studying for the GRE is A Process, especially when you’ve been out of school for a few years and […]

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What’s Going On

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Here’s the traditional background music while we catch up: Two weeks ago, with as little pomp and circumstance as I could get away with — I didn’t even tell my sister — I retook the GRE.  You’ll remember that I wasn’t happy with my scores the first time around, […]

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