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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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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Just Around the Riverbend

Last weekend I went kayaking on the Potomac River with friends and then ate a large, delicious brunch.  It was exactly what I wanted to do to celebrate turning 25, and it was glorious. I’d never been kayaking before, but shockingly, there was no flipping, barrel rolling, or other embarrassing incidents. Okay, at one point […]

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Friday

Happy weekend!  What are you up to? I’ll be mastering GRE algebra (she says hopefully), seeing this with a friend, and continuing my marathon Harry Potter reread.  I finished Azkaban last night, which means the dreaded Goblet is up next.  Is Goblet of Fire anyone else’s least favorite HP?  I consider skipping it every time […]

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Blogs I Read

First and foremost, Blogs Written by My Friends: A Prairie Populist: Josh writes topical posts on Minnesota writers, history, and — for a fun twist — bioethics.  He also once sent me the following text: “Paul Giamatti is behind me and I think I’m going to cry.” That’s why we’re friends. Keep Your Feet: Amelia […]

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Friday

Bad Hamlet My friend Kay and I went to see Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet: The First Quarto on Wednesday.  The production value was fantastic for $15, and it was interesting to see the differences between the First Quarto and the later Quarto and Folio (unpolished “To Be or Not to Be,” two guys […]

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Edging Forward

Let’s start with the important stuff: I spent a lot of my childhood watching Star Wars in my next door neighbor’s basement.  Her older brother had all three on VHS, and sometimes he had the gall to try to hide them from us (along with the cords to his N64).  Needless to say, “I find […]

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