Dreams, I do?

March 25, 2019

I’ve been invited to a wedding in Paris! Well, near Paris, but definitely in France; I adore France. One of my bonus-nieces is getting married this summer, and I would quite like to be there. I love her, and as I said, j’adore France. But if I am to attend, I will need some help, [...]

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Re-define My Impossible

February 2, 2012

Last Friday night I ran my first 5K. There is so much wrapped up in that short statement, the gist of which is: I did the impossible! im•pos•si•ble |im′päsəbəl| adjective not able to occur, exist, or be done When I registered for this run on October 27, 2011, there was NO WAY I could run [...]

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Why we are anti-bah-humbug

November 26, 2011

Dear Spencer, We have the rare good fortune of having a large, loving family. This is why you have so much excitement about Christmas. Our family has a collection of holiday traditions, many of them long-standing. Because the way we “do” Christmas is what you have always known, I suppose it is difficult to imagine [...]

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November 25, 2011

  “How to Survive the Holidays” “Alone for the Holidays” “Tips for Singles for the Christmas Season”   Who writes these things, anyway? Psychologists? Suicide-prevention specialists? Grief counselors? I’m pretty sure that the authors of these dismal checklists do not spend these onerous winter days alone. I know they mean well. But really? “Call a [...]

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Fly like the wind, Bullseye

November 13, 2011

So, in a fit of spontaneity, I agreed to run a half-marathon with my niece, Olivia. Take note, that although I was quite the long-distance runner in high school, uh, I haven’t done much running for decades. I will ask you to also note, that I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and I don’t have [...]

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The “Breathe Me” Collaboration

March 18, 2011

Sonia and I met again today to work on our art installation. Of course she is still in San Francisco and I am still in the middle-of-nowhere, Washington—which means we meet online. Today is the deadline for submitting our description for the festival’s catalog, so again we were working with words. This was a challenging [...]

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2010, A Year of My Life

December 29, 2010

I am a quiet girl, prone to moving through life at a turtle’s pace and to doing things at small, detailed levels. I am not one for making big splashes, yet I know I can have profound effects. Nevertheless, when I look back at my life, sometimes I feel like I haven’t done much; the [...]

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Thanks. No really, I mean it.

November 25, 2010

So often these days I feel like my life is one big trudge uphill, with little breaks now and then during which I bang my head against a stone wall. Daily life sucks up hours for chores, just for maintenance of daily life. And it seems like every other thing I go to do, well, [...]

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Why I Jumped the NaNoWriMo Ship

November 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. In November, thousands of folks step up to write a novel. A “novel” for these purposes is defined as 50,000 words of non-fiction, written over the course of 30 days. November 2009 was my first NaNoWriMo. I hunkered down with my laptop, and wrote my 50,000 words. [...]

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54 and a day

September 14, 2010

It was a fine birthday. The day turned warm and sunny. There were many sweet “happy birthays” sent my way. I baked a tasty cake and made a rich buttercream frosting for it. And on my walk home from my sister’s, I saw the Milky Way. Perfect. (Cake: Pamela’s Products gluten-free chocolate cake mix. Frosting: [...]

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