small-mindedness

Last night, I dreamt that I was in attendance at a very large “open house” at a local church. There was music, lots of flowers and candles, and many members of the church on hand to greet guests from the community. With its massive columns and other classical features, the church itself looked as though […]

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the futon life

I’ve had an interesting e-mail exchange this afternoon with a friend in the Bay Area. What started out as a conversation about an orphan deer being adopted by a large dog, grew into a discussion about the joys of sleeping on a futon mattress. After I clicked “send” on the last installment in this e-mail […]

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without a coat

It’s official. I’m an Oregonian. Even though it’s only 36 degrees F outside today, I was one of those annoying people running around without a jacket. Just the other day, when it was perhaps a few degrees warmer, I insisted upon taking my winter jacket with me on the train ride into downtown, even though […]

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scarlet o’hara

This Thanksgiving holiday the AMC channel has been airing “Gone With the Wind” — a classic, and one of my favorite movies. Sure, it’s long, the music is cheesy (as is some of the acting), and it’s rife with stereotypes. But I still remember when my parents let me stay up late to see it […]

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family traditions

[As the Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, I wanted to share this quick article published in this month’s Tanasbourne Times, and written by yours truly. Best wishes — and safe travels — to everyone this Thanksgiving! :)] I don’t know how it is in your family, but when I was growing up, holiday traditions were […]

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pie

Last night, I decided that I wanted a pie. Not just any pie, of course, but a peach pie (I am from the South, after all). I’d had “pie on the brain” for a few days and finally was going to do something about it. I went to the grocery store, and being so close […]

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on birthdays

I realized this morning that this is only my 3rd birthday outside of my native time zone. One when I was living in California, one when traveling in Ireland, and this one. As I approached my 30th birthday, I felt all the pressures of society over reaching that particular milestone. The anxieties over growing older, […]

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