Sidewalk Finds

Things I’ve Found on the Sidewalks of D.C. and Carried Home 2 bookshelves 12 books A sauce pan A nonstick skillet A roasting pan with removable rack A toaster Oven mitts A clothing rack A desk (schlepped through Winter Storm Jonas) [Update 6/2016] a framed Degas print from the Met (found on the way to […]

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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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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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Cherry Blossom

Every Spring, these trees bloom in Washington.  And every Spring, the world flocks to see them. Personally, I don’t get it.  They’re just white flowers.  On trees. They smell okay. I mean, if you can’t find a pan of underbaked brownies or a newborn, they’ll do. They don’t turn the Tidal Basin into fairyland. Unless your […]

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Easter in the District

We millennials forage for ham in the ice-lined tubs at Target, Pausing for jelly beans and Cadbury eggs, Hardly ashamed that strategic product placement works on us. It is baseball opener, and on the way home, we ride too far Because the Metro is packed with jerseys, and we’re looking at them High from the […]

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Just Spring

Source This week I’ve been walking around Washington reciting that one line from that one E.E. Cummings poem: “In Just- spring … when the world is puddle-wonderful” You know the one. E.E. Cummings seems to be overlooked these days, not because people don’t know his work, but because too many people know it, too many […]

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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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What’s Going On

It is the third-to-last day of September. I am sunburnt from hiking for hours around the National Mall/Tidal Basin. Other statistics from this trek: 18,000 steps.  5 blisters.  1 scratched watch face.  1 newly developed monument rating system (aesthetic rating, that is.  I’ve learned that I tend to give points for water features). I’m trying […]

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