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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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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Winter Storm Jonas

The streets of DC were deserted these past few glittering nights, save for a few people who, like us, were tired of being cooped up.  We walked up and down the muffled blocks — walked in the middle of the street — ogling the drifts, which had swallowed cars, trees, houses whole.  I’ve never seen […]

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The Skaters

Washingtonians have been unsettled as of late because of certain “unnatural” weather patterns.  Temperatures in the teens!  Three inches of snow that hasn’t melted!  Icy sidewalks!  Miserable commutes!  Shocking, really, for January. I am a Minnesotan.  These weather patterns are more reminiscent of a mild spring than a hard winter in my mind.  But I […]

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Writing “Rules”

Admittedly, upon waking this morning and reading the Weather Channel’s description of the cool temperature and slight breeze, I bolted outside in my pajamas to confirm for myself.  I appreciate every change of season as it comes, but there’s something about fall.  Perhaps it’s the (lifelong, I suspect) association with a new school year, but […]

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It’s Saturday Night, Take III

We’ll all waiting for some snow.  Francis, the yellow lab next door; the town of Morris; and me.  Funnily enough, we’re due for a winter storm, which will hit between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow.  Then we’re due for a blizzard, which will hit between midnight tomorrow and midnight on Monday.  A foot of snow […]

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The Waiters: A Short Story

Because it’s cold, and because I’ve been using said chill to justify a long afternoon of lazing around the house, and because having finally settled down with my Feminist Theory readings, I find myself engrossed, I’m posting a story. I wrote this several years ago, submitted it to First Line Fiction, and won third place. […]

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Snow Day

  This afternoon, we decided to go down to the lake to shovel off a rink. It wasn’t too cold with snow pants and jacket on, and the lake was vast and littered with icehouses.  Across the way, we could see bodies moving back and forth, no doubt passing beers and measuring catches.  Every so […]

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