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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10 Things I’ve Learned at 24

Year 25 of my grand old life begins tomorrow.  Because I’m always up for a bout of birthday sentimentality, I’ve been conscious lately of the fact that 25 is the first big birthday since 21, and the last big birthday before 30.  In five years I’ll be thirty.  Good Lord. I think, though, that I […]

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When Faced with a Choice of Cobbler

Remember: they’ll know if you choose the blueberry. There is now a picture of my tongue on the internet, but it’s altogether relevant and appropriate, because it will help you to picture this: Last night I handed out gift bags at the close of a dinner packed with luminaries.  I did so with blue teeth […]

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Car-Loving People

Last winter, I slipped on the ice once a day.  It was always while walking home after work, always in the same spot, always when the rest of the city was clear and dry.  The ice snaked down in front of a small dry cleaning shop with a pink awning and an earnest mannequin wearing […]

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Baptism, At Least Twice

The thing about Days of Reckoning is that you often don’t sense them until they’re upon you and you’re standing on the front steps of the Library of Congress, facing a walk home in a rainstorm without an umbrella. The other thing about such Days is that the easiest way is straight through. So I […]

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The Friday Muster

I wonder what’s happening with this blog.  It’s not that I’m not up to post-worthy shenanigans.  It’s not that I’m too busy to post.  It’s not that I lost all of my fingertips in a freak taxi door accident. It’s not just the blog, either; I haven’t been working on my novel, haven’t been journaling, […]

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2013 in Retrospect

I’m a little late with this because we didn’t have our Wifi installed in the new apartment until yesterday evening.  Now, tentatively settled in with a bed, a table for a desk, and two suitcases for a dresser, I’m ready to officially let go of 2013: January: A freak broomball accident leaves me with an […]

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Poetry for Saturday

It’s Pearl Harbor Day. Both of my grandfathers went to war after Pearl Harbor.  One to Europe, where free time was spent playing baseball.  When asked what he did during the war, he would often retort, “I pitched.”  My other grandfather went to the South Pacific, to the largest of the (still rather small) Solomon Islands: […]

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Thanksgiving 2013

I’m thankful for hands that can mop floors, cut out dough circles, set the table. For a sister who will watch Lena’s Holiday with appropriate levels of shock and delight when it’s found at the end of the taped-from-TV Home Alone tape. For exciting job prospects. For a dog who will submit to being “hitched” […]

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Thanksgiving Eve

Today, I … Hid the Ghost Reaper behind Amy’s bedroom door and posed her stuffed German Shepherd in its arms.  Nothing says “welcome home” like a tasteful prank. Cleaned room, bathroom, and parts of living room and kitchen in preparation for Thanksgiving company. Rearranged my bookshelf (a task I delight in).  I have my books […]

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