Category Archives: the world around me

Capturing the Stories of our Lives

Have you interviewed your grandparents? Parents? Aunts and uncles? Cousins three times removed? Childhood best friends? The mayor of your hometown? Not that you need to spend your time sitting with all these people, but consider that you might have … Continue reading »

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Searching for Good News

Robin Williams died at his own hand. Friends lost every treasured memory and keepsake in devastating floods. Iraqis are starving and dying on a mountaintop after being hunted by guerrillas. Syria’s civil war battles on, everyone turning on each other … Continue reading »

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After the Flood, a View from Huntington Woods

Baby cradles. Rocking chairs. Plastic totes and crates and boxes of damaged photos. Memories and mementos, books and bookshelves. Couches, chairs, tables. All turned into garbage. All wrested away before anyone wanted to get rid of them. It’s heart-breaking to … Continue reading »

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The Truth About Peace in the Middle East

A politico on the radio this morning attempted to explain the real reason behind the lack of peace in the Middle East. I had to shut it off because it’s pretty hard to pontificate from an ivory bubble and actually get … Continue reading »

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Perfect Quiet: Mackinac Island

On an island with nothing motorized absolute quiet and the sound of waves crashing against land at every turn. I take a bike around the 8-mile perimeter and keep stopping to marvel at this natural beauty. How did I get … Continue reading »

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There is Just So Much to Write About: Loving My Birthday

This morning, in honor of my 43rd birthday, I texted my parents to tell them how much I love them. My day began with thunderous storms bashing the house, a swirl of darkness at 7 a.m. My darling and I … Continue reading »

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Running: A Perplexing Pastime

This morning, streams of runners passed in front of my house for an organized race. Some jogged, some ran, some walked fast. Some pushed strollers, while others walked hand in hand with a child. They kept coming and coming, going … Continue reading »

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You Have to Start Somewhere

The water was cool, the sun setting behind the trees but still bright enough to head toward. I dove under, the water covering me entirely, like a rebirth, an inauguration, a baptism. It had been at least a year since … Continue reading »

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Million Dollar Arm

I expected to love this movie, especially on a rainy day in southern Illinois with my children and husband beside me. But something really bothered me about it. Of course, feeling motion sick from the constant moving of the camera … Continue reading »

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No-Coat Weather

We slept with the windows open last night, waking to the song of birds. I pulled out of the driveway this morning to take my daughter to school, the windows cracked in the car, reveling in the perfect weather: not … Continue reading »

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