2015 in Retrospect

The world changed in 2015, didn’t it? We’re a month out now, already immersed in 2016.  Still, 2015 is a year we’ll be talking about for a long time, a year we’ll point to and say, this is when they came to light. This is when the things we had been trying to ignore finally captured our […]

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D.C. Christmas

Dear Friends, I have a lot to tell you, mostly explanations regarding the setting of the following poem. But for now, Merry Christmas.   ‘Twas the night before Christmas, DC was serene. Congress was on holiday; no C-SPAN to be seen. No stockings this year, and no tree to be had: Such things are too […]

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What’s Going On

These sorts of posts always need soundtracks.  Here’s one I filched from the Coens: What’s going on right now is that I’m sitting on my bedroom floor writing to you.  I’m down here because I just did yoga for the third time in my life, and I’m not sure my jelly hips and legs and […]

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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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Relinquishing the Hoard

I’m taking a hiatus from writing my graduation saga in order to write about another momentous event:  I, Holly Lynn Gruntner, have cleaned out my bookshelf and donated one hundred of my babies to my old K-8 school library. My bookshelf is a giant, unvarnished, red-brown thing, looming over all of the other furniture in my […]

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Christmas Eve

For almost as long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve written a Christmas Eve post every year. 2009 2010 2011 This Christmas Eve, I’m once again sitting on the couch gazing at the tree, feeling steeped in family and ham with cheesy potatoes. We’ve had the traditional Christmas activities: Cookie Baking Gruntner Family Christmas Eve Party […]

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