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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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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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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What Books Say

  Late at night, when I’m the last human awake, and even Ruby is shut down save one ear perked in my direction, I become strangely energized.  Perhaps I absorb what others aren’t using. This energy tends to manifest itself in rifling.  You know, rifling.  Digging through piles and bins and closets, not unlike my […]

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What’s Going On

Post theme song: Someday this video will cease to be funny.  Thankfully, that day is not today. While you enjoy the music, here’s what’s going on with me lately: 1. I have finished The Years.  Truthfully, this novel lost me a bit in the middle.  It began spectacularly: it set me up to follow an extended […]

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Chequamegon Books

Friends, let’s talk bookstores.  We’ve done this before.  There was the time when I studied abroad, and ignored things like the Famous Sights of Paris and Munich in favor of their tiny, English bookstores.  Like this one. And this one. There’s also Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books in St. Paul, which I try to duck […]

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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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Commencement of Commencement

Want to watch me give the student commencement address/graduate from college?  Likely not (that’s okay), but just in case, the url for the live stream is here: http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/ The ceremony is tomorrow (Saturday), and starts at 1:30 p.m. Minnesota time.  I should be giving my speech about 10 minutes in, give or take.

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