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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iron jawed angels

I feel especially lucky to have noticed that Dish Network — my satellite provider — has been running a “free movie channel weekend” as an inducement to customers to upgrade their service packages. Lucky, because they aired “Iron Jawed Angels” on one of the HBO channels just this morning. If you haven’t heard of this […]

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seeding action

I received a lot of e-mail yesterday regarding the election, from both sides of the fence. Largely, however, I was hearing from folks who had worked very hard for a change in the presidential administration. Most of these family members and friends had spent Wednesday, November 3rd, in tears, deep depression, and rage. I want […]

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falling back in time

Yesterday was double-bonus day for me. Not only was it Halloween — my favorite holiday — but it also marked our return to Standard Time. I’m kind of funny about the things that excite me. The Halloween part was a bit disappointing, but it wasn’t a total bust. I made sure my pumpkins were blazing […]

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holding intention

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a friend asking if I thought it would be a good idea for her to send out a broadcast message asking everyone to “hold intention” for the upcoming election. Specifically, this means holding the intention that we elect a president whose direction for the country and […]

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trebuchets and pumpkin guts

This past weekend, I visited a local farm that was sponsoring pumpkin picking, hay rides, and a pumpkin trebuchet. That’s right, one of those medieval hurling things; if you’re a Monty Python fan, think of the flying cow in “The Holy Grail,” and you’ve got the idea. While I hadn’t yet acquired my pumpkin for […]

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all hallows e’en

This article on Halloween was recently published in my community newspaper — a paper for which I will step in as editor at the beginning of 2005. The material is pretty basic and has obviously been simplified for the sake of brevity, but it’s still a fun little piece on my favorite holiday. 🙂 Happy […]

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