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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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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