Changes

It struck me recently, in my usual in-denial-until-the-last-minute way, that going to graduate school means leaving DC. I took a walk at dusk today and stopped at all my haunts: the soldier on horseback pointing his copper arm at the Capitol, the dry cleaners with the pink awnings I once wrote a story about, my old row house […]

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Easter in the District

We millennials forage for ham in the ice-lined tubs at Target, Pausing for jelly beans and Cadbury eggs, Hardly ashamed that strategic product placement works on us. It is baseball opener, and on the way home, we ride too far Because the Metro is packed with jerseys, and we’re looking at them High from the […]

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What Brings You Life?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my next step will be.  I mentioned before that one of my New Year’s Resolutions–the most important one–is to make a change.  To do something.  It doesn’t matter what, really; if it’s a step toward fulfillment, then it’s worthwhile. This, of course, begs the question: what brings […]

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All the Live Long Day

I recently met a man who worked for Boeing for more than thirty years.  His job was to design missiles. He tried to explain different ranges to me, and controls, and something about wiring, but what interested me most was how he described his work: “It was great fun; it was an immense challenge,” he […]

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Home-Building

I know the Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress.  We’ve been friends since February, when I began to memorize my tour script: Edwin Blashfield collar painting at the top of the dome, state seals in stained glass windows, large marble ladies representing areas of study, bronze statue of Beethoven clutching his ear (guess […]

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A Good Omen

A St. Bernard lives in my neighborhood. If you’re a dog lover, or even if you can summon sufficient awe for a dog the size and width of a Harley-Davidson, you know that this is a rare and wonderful thing. I take the long route home from work every evening, hoping to spot this dog. […]

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The Skaters

Washingtonians have been unsettled as of late because of certain “unnatural” weather patterns.  Temperatures in the teens!  Three inches of snow that hasn’t melted!  Icy sidewalks!  Miserable commutes!  Shocking, really, for January. I am a Minnesotan.  These weather patterns are more reminiscent of a mild spring than a hard winter in my mind.  But I […]

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On the Metro, Part II

Everyone seems to be writing beautiful blog posts about 2013 in retrospect and 2014 in anticipation, but all I really want to tell you is a story about something funny that happened on the metro this morning.   Two weeks in, the thing I love the most about DC is that it surprises me constantly. […]

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