Courage

I spent a lot of my childhood wishing I were braver. I spent an entire summer afraid — and vocally so — of sliding down the pole on my next door neighbor’s swing set. It wasn’t high off the ground; I could have easily jumped the distance. But something about that short breach between the […]

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday today. She and I don’t see eye to eye on everything (notably: she didn’t believe that the government should help out struggling folks during the Great Depression, as HER family didn’t have “handouts” available when she was growing up. Argh.), but the fact is, she defined my childhood. Her […]

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How to Dance

Lean in, my friends; I am about to divulge a great secret. Great secrets, as you (and Wes Anderson) know, cannot exist without context.  Here’s context: No one in my immediate family can dance.  We just can’t.  My sister and I took tap dance lessons for a few months when we were little, but quit […]

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Friday

The curtains are still down.  I tried valiantly last night to reattach the cable to the wall fixture, but every time I let it go it sprung back out, narrowly missing my eyeball. So it goes.  Vitals intact, I’m sleeping in a glass house for one more night, and schlepping to a hardware store (do […]

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Circa 2012

I’ve rediscovered the following document hidden in the bowels of what I call my “Business Related Random” folder. My Goals/Plans/Expectations/Desires Written on the 30th of September, in the year of Our Lord 2012. [Yeah, I’m weird even when journaling]  Immediately following college, I want to get a job. Not just a Target kind of job, […]

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Edging Forward

Let’s start with the important stuff: I spent a lot of my childhood watching Star Wars in my next door neighbor’s basement.  Her older brother had all three on VHS, and sometimes he had the gall to try to hide them from us (along with the cords to his N64).  Needless to say, “I find […]

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Adult Style and Grace

Walking to work this morning, buoyed by the hope that is Thursday, I was thinking about how I seem to have fewer clumsy moments than I used to; how I dress better (due, admittedly, to the demands of a professional work environment); how I’m more confident, more poised, wiser than I’ve ever been. I dared […]

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Home-Building

I know the Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress.  We’ve been friends since February, when I began to memorize my tour script: Edwin Blashfield collar painting at the top of the dome, state seals in stained glass windows, large marble ladies representing areas of study, bronze statue of Beethoven clutching his ear (guess […]

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