Friday

A poem I love.  One word: hips. Donate those sentimental-but-frankly-hard-to-look-at items to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I would send a Beanie Baby, an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Whistle, and stacks of mixed CDs. Interloping owls invited to stay in a museum’s rafters … only at the Smithsonian. Using stories to teach history is more effective […]

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What Brings You Life?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my next step will be.  I mentioned before that one of my New Year’s Resolutions–the most important one–is to make a change.  To do something.  It doesn’t matter what, really; if it’s a step toward fulfillment, then it’s worthwhile. This, of course, begs the question: what brings […]

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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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The Day We Met

The Day We Met: Me: “I wasn’t looking for you, exactly.  I mean, I knew I needed one, sometime.  But it wasn’t immediate, you know?  I thought I was fine.” You: “Yeah, I know.  You looked fine.  I was sitting there kind of awkwardly, and she just walks up.” Me: “Well, I sort of slunk […]

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The Oak Tree in my Foot

There was an oak tree in my foot. It happened when I stepped out onto the deck to snatch dry clothes from the rail before the dark and damp set in. I heard a crunch under my bare foot, but didn’t realize what had happened until the next morning when I saw the small acorn, […]

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Dentophobia

This morning found me in the dentist’s chair, staring up at a poster taped to the ceiling that said “every warm hand is a whisper from the heart,” which didn’t make sense to me at that particular time, and doesn’t make sense to me now.  I was grateful for that poster regardless.  I was also […]

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