Monthly Archives: August 2011

augtember

a friend emailed the other day to ask me how it felt with september approaching to know that I wouldn’t be going “back” — not this year, anyway. “back” of course refers to the sense of returning and beginning again … Continue reading

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just to say i did

this blog post written from 10000 feet in the air

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shedding

a haircut is more than a hair cut. more than hundreds or thousands of hairs cut. it’s letting go of more-than-i-care-to-remember all-nighters to meet journal deadlines; removing from my immediate memory nervousness and anxieties, frustrations and uncertainties (well, some of … Continue reading

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the awkward politics of going public

the ways in which adolescents make themselves known has long been a source of fascination for me, even (i suspect) from the time i was an adolescent myself. i would watch my peers preen for one another, show off the … Continue reading

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two new cafes

more about these and other cafes here

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looking up

yesterday I remembered to look up and this is what I saw: unusual slate tile work surrounding an ordinary garage door, plus decorative lamp with function.

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giving quinoa a chance

at the suggestion of my friend, a, i gave quinoa one last shot — b/c i had all but given up on this wonder grain. so i tried the quinoa salad recipe she suggested and made following changes: a lovely … Continue reading

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fruits of walking

upon arriving somewhere, for a conference, a writing retreat, or vacation, one of the first things i do is take in the city or town on foot. on a recent visit to new orleans, i discovered two new coffee shops … Continue reading

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the moving chronicles, part 1

as i finished up the last of my packing/cleaning/packing/cleaning/moving epic marathon this weekend, the possibility of this post kept me going. so, without further ado, here’s a snapshot into my otherwise-housekeepingly challenged brain: if my apartment was a military mission, … Continue reading

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moma paintings

on my latest stroll through moma‘s painting galleries, the ones on the 5th floor to be precise, i was struck by the simplicity of the titles (albeit translated from spanish or french). it’s a new thought: simplicity. just saying what … Continue reading

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don’t judge me

“it’s summer. there’s not a lot on tv.” “i like to be entertained while i eat my mystery-refrigerator dishes for dinner.” “no one can see me.” none of these excuses can quite fully explain away why i just watched an … Continue reading

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with just a few days left…

**update (8.11.11): a few more things were crossed off the list, including the veggie sandwich from ehc. twice. mmm…*** why is it that it’s when we’re about to lose something that we suddenly find that we can’t live without it. … Continue reading

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more freezer surprise

here was the challenge that faced me today, when i returned home after a 7 mile speed walk to spend a rainy afternoon reading in one of my favorite cafes in the city, followed by a very brief book talk … Continue reading

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words, Words, WORDS!

i just spent the last hour flitting from blog to blog to twitter account to facebook page and back — all publicly available spaces of relative strangers whose writing drew me in and gave me pause: in a world where … Continue reading

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purging continues — or the mystery-ingredient game!

purging isn’t just for the paper mountains and outdated clothing purchases — i have finally come to realize that the freezer and cupboards must be freed of their contents, too.  well, at least the freezer. so, this weekend, with most … Continue reading

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