Monthly Archives: November 2011

sidewalk art du moment

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serendipity

an utterance — overheard, put on the record, taken to heart, life changing stopping at the rest room on the 3rd floor instead of the 4th or 2nd — the face of kindness, joyful, heart-gladdening* spirit being assigned to a … Continue reading

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fantastic 72 hours

goals are good. so are moments of reflection, readjustment, repose. the last 72 hours contained particularly choice moments including: – a dialogue bordering on debate in french class about the pros and cons of different educational systems — specifically between … Continue reading

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sunday revisited

portishead blended into a handful of other semi-Edith Piaf wannabes crooning overhead, bluesy lyrics that are fused with intercontinental beats and rhymes, still hearkening to another time — although today i’m not sure whether that time is before or yet … Continue reading

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philly in photos

a few snaps taken during autumn walks through philly. im posting them even though i should just hang it up after checking out whatipic‘s site — wow.

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the neighborly thing to do

the painters are back. as i begin typing, freddie mercury’s distinct falsetto is emanating from the radio they just plugged in after asking for use of an outlet when i went outside to check on the progress. one is older … Continue reading

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humility of writing

the atlantic was chock full of writerly articles today and two in particular caught my eye. the first poses an important question that many of us who must write — either because our work requires it or because we have … Continue reading

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thanks for…

– socks that look completely different on the outside and inside – understanding people, people who understand, and people who invite new understandings – deadline extensions – grandmother’s fabulous taste in shawls, and her generosity in passing them down – … Continue reading

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lake champlain, scene from a train

lake champlain, scene from a train, a photo by sabonseine on Flickr.

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Montreal, la version longue

I am counting the 12-hour train journey as part of this Montreal chronicle, which began when the train I boarded before daybreak left Philadelphia at 5:52a and arrived in Montreal after sunset, at 7:33p. The sky was beginning to lighten slowly … Continue reading

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the moving chronicles, part 2: home disrepair

I moved back home — and for the past eighteen years, Philadelphia really has been home — a little more than 12 weeks ago. With me came a small percentage of my book collection, boxes of data (artifacts, drawings, CDs, … Continue reading

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montreal, in brief

A longer note about my adventures in Montreal is incubating, but in the meantime I thought I would post this snapshot, taken with my trusty iPad, that neatly sums up the theme of this, my third visit to the city … Continue reading

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aurora phillyalis

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cafe bleu

A cafe that does not offer free wifi is a rarity in these parts — northeastern United States. Yet La Colombe, tucked away with a touch of Euro-snobbery on 19th street, between Sansom and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia is a … Continue reading

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nanowrimo – day 13

still in the cafe from earlier, someone still crooning above me — i can hear it now because i’ve taken the earbuds out that i put in to create an enclosed writing zone. i just got wind of the NaNoWordSprints … Continue reading

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