What’s Going On

I’m always a little ashamed of these posts, because of course they mean that I haven’t blogged in a long time. They also mean, however, that I’m back with a vengeance. So, hello! I’m back. Cue the traditional theme music: My second (and final) semester of my history Master’s program has just begun. And guess […]

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Friday

Friday at last! Who wants to dive out that door into the ocean with me? This week has been punctuated with something I’ve never had to deal with before: Allergies. Apparently DC is a virtual island of terrible allergens.  Even those among us — like myself — who didn’t have allergies in their native states […]

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Talking About the Weather

In Minnesota, the weather is a conversation staple. It is not uncommon for Minnesotans to discuss over short ribs at their cousin’s wedding whether the rainstorm Paul Douglas has been coddling in the Star Trib will generate enough moisture to give the corn a chance.  January is long and dark there, and Minnesotans stoically lift their faces to the […]

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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 Favorites

This week I hosted my second of three Spring visiting parties, my friend Mara.  Our moms have taught at the same school for over 30 years, so it’s safe to say that we’ve known each other since birth.  Or since her birth, at which point I was a chubby eight-month-old. Highlights of her visit included: […]

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I’m Almost Back

One more big interview to prepare for, and then I’ll be back to writing posts of substance.  I’ll also be back to sleeping my preferred nine hours, going to the gym, giving Ruby due attention, applying deodorant just once a day, and wearing clothes that allow for a full range of motion. Such deprivations are […]

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Sunday Times

9:00 a.m. Wake up.  Consider getting out of bed.  Reconsider.  Roll over and promptly fall back asleep. 11:00 a.m.  Wake up.  Consider rolling over and falling back asleep once again, but smell pancakes.  Get out of bed. 11:20 a.m. Mom makes pancakes.  Plain for dad and I (because we’re classic like that), and pumpkin cinnamon […]

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Friday Favorites 7

This View I used to think that when I grew up, I’d like to live in the city.  In the city, I thought, it would never grow dark.  I would never feel isolated or bored or afraid.  I wouldn’t need to worry about bears while dragging my trash to the street on winter evenings.  But […]

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About Clarence Darrow

I am thinking, tonight, about high school speech.  About the miracle that was high school speech.  About Clarence Darrow, whose courtroom defense of Leopold and Loeb I chose to deliver for my sophomore year speech.  Imagine a sixteen-year-old, only half understanding the magnitude of it all, standing in the middle of a dingy classroom in […]

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