Mosquitoes Vs Nerds

It was a wet-ish Spring, and now with summer upon us Paul and I are routinely covered in mosquito bites and nurse each other with dabs of clear caladryl lotion. The air was fragrant with Windex and I victoriously scrubbing the bathroom mirror when Paul walked in. "Didn't you just do that?" "Yup, but I …

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Babbling Bucket of Bad Interview

This Lent I got a much-needed (I am sure) lesson in Humility. It's just the most recent in a lifetime of them; they keep coming since clearly I Don't Get It. There was a job posting for which I was eminently qualified. The first interview, with a panel of three professional women I would be …

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(Be the) Candle

My daughter earned her degrees from the great University of Texas, Austin and one is a Bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies. I love our conversations, even when her clear-headed feminism dispels my own long and closely-held bullshit. Maybe especially when she dispels my culturally ingrained, but ultimately diminishing, bullshit. I was raised to expect praise, get …

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Fork/Daily Post

Anyone who knows me would be forgiven thinking that given the writing prompt "Fork" I would offer recipes. But that's not what I thought of. Here is what I thought of: a long time ago when I was very young, I attended the wedding of two good friends. Many years later I learned one came to a fork …

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Grief Waves

It's probably normal for a coastal-raised child to liken many things to the sea. Currents and tides have been a useful metaphor for me (and many writers far better), but I think the reasons why became clearer for me Saturday while grocery shopping. Grief is sneaky, unlike ocean tides and waves which while sometimes dangerous, are at least …

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Viola

Maybe it was the production of Working - A Musical I saw yesterday that had me noticing people today, or maybe it was the absence of my plump, grandmotherly strawberry stand lady. Isn't it odd how quickly we become accustomed to people and places? I only discovered the strawberry stand maybe four weeks ago, but every …

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Semantics: Because Words Matter

My friend Cynde had a genius Facebook status the other day, one which sparked good conversation and got me thinking - she really helped crystallize something in my head which has been swirling around for a long time, specifically, what we call something, the words we use, make a difference in how we feel about …

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I Sing a Song of Secretaries

It's great we have a day to recognize "Administrative Professionals" or, as they used to be known, Secretaries, and I always appreciated the efforts made to acknowledge my contributions as one. But just as one "aw shit" eradicates a thousand "atta girls", I will never forget how much it hurt the couple of times those …

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National Siblings Day, Ambiguously

For two days my Facebook feed has been awash with friends posting pictures of their siblings, coupled with loving shout-outs to the brothers and sisters who irritated, annoyed, helped with, and shared their youth and parents. It's sweet. And normal, because I guess it's more the norm than being like me, an Only Child. And an …

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If We Were Having Coffee…. Farmer’s Market Edition

If we were having coffee I'd totally get to make up for being such a downer last weekend, by telling you I got to have coffee this morning with this guy, who actually has today off, and it's a special day for us - we exchanged emails for the first time on April 9th, five …

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