Friday and Zombies

Last night, I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle before bed.  Naturally, then, I dreamed about the zombie apocalypse.  My friends and I were at my parents’ house in Minnesota, which is on a lake.  The lake was frozen, and we stood on the shore, watching trucks drive across the ice.  We knew the drivers […]

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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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Friday

Hey guys.  That GRE post was heavy.  True and important to share, but heavy.  So, for the sake of balance, and because I’m giddy with coffee and because it’s Friday, let’s talk about what’s been making us laugh this week. Here’s my list: I don’t love cats, but even I wouldn’t wish the “mildew and […]

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2014 in Retrospect

You didn’t really think I’d miss a chance to wax nostalgic on 2014, did you? We’ll talk about 2015 soon (boy, do I have plans), but for now, here’s last year in twelve months: January: On New Year’s Day I move from an Airbnb house in Maryland into an apartment in D.C. with two mostly-strangers, two […]

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Britta

There’s a new puppy at my parents’ house.  Our dog, Ruby, is four years old, and has been showing signs of wanting a friend, read: practically fainting with delight whenever a neighbor’s dog wanders into our yard.  Plus, we all like the idea of two dogs keeping each other company when we’re not home. My […]

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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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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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Raging Consumerism

People often say that it’s nuts to go to Mall of America on Black Friday.  It’s nuts, it’s crazy, you’ll get trampled, you’ll get elbowed, you’ll wait in line for hours only to find that everything’s already gone. What those people don’t know is that if you get there early enough, if you fight the […]

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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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